Toni Morrison | Critical Essay by Rob Davidson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of Toni Morrison.
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Critical Essay by Rob Davidson

SOURCE: Davidson, Rob. “Racial Stock and 8-Rocks: Communal Historiography in Toni Morrison's Paradise.Twentieth-Century Literature 47, no. 3 (fall 2001): 355-73.

In the following essay, Davidson examines the role of narrative as a means of constituting community identity in Morrison's Paradise.

There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.

—Walter Benjamin (258)

With the publication of Paradise in 1998, Toni Morrison completed a trilogy of historical novels that began with Beloved (1987) and Jazz (1992). Broadly speaking, Morrison's trilogy is concerned with “re-membering” the historical past for herself, for African Americans, and for America as a whole: Beloved reconsiders the periods of Emancipation and Reconstruction. Jazz reconsiders the Harlem Renaissance, and Paradise is principally concerned with the Vietnam and civil rights era of the 1960s and 1970s.

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