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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Paperback - 1993

by Toni Morrison

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author illuminates the "Africanist" presence shaping the American imagination in a landmark work of literary criticism. "Morrison challenge(s) some of the most widely accepted generalizations about our literary history".--San Francisco Chronicle.


From the publisher

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio. She is Robert E. Goheen Professor, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University. She is the author of six novels: The Bluest Eye; Sula; Song of Solomon, which won the 1978 National Book Critics Award for fiction; Tar Baby; Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction; and Jazz. Her most recent novel since winning the Nobel Prize 1993 is Paradise (1998).

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Beloved and "Jazz now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race.
Toni Morrison's brilliant discussions of the "Africanist" presence in the fiction of Poe, Melville, Cather, and Hemingway leads to a dramatic reappraisal of the essential characteristics of our literary tradition. She shows how much the themes of freedom and individualism, manhood and innocence, depended on the existence of a black population that was manifestly "unfree--and that came to serve white authors as embodiments of their own fears and desires.
Written with the artistic vision that has earned Toni Morrison a pre-eminent place in modern letters, Playing in the Dark will be avidly read by Morrison admirers as well as by students, critics, and scholars of American literature.
"By going for the American literary jugular...she places her arguments...at the very heart of contemporary public conversation about what it is to be authentically and originally American. [She] boldly...reimagines and remaps the possibility of America."
"--Chicago Tribune
"Toni Morrison is the closest thing the country has to a national writer."
"The New York Times Book Review

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  • Title Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
  • Author Toni Morrison
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Reprint
  • Pages 112
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Vintage, New York, New York, U.S.A.
  • Date 1993-07-27
  • ISBN 9780679745426 / 0679745424
  • Weight 0.2 lbs (0.09 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 in (20.07 x 12.95 x 1.02 cm)
  • Reading level 1260
  • Themes
    • Ethnic Orientation: African American
    • Ethnic Orientation: Multicultural
  • Library of Congress subjects Blacks in literature, African Americans in literature
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 92050581
  • Dewey Decimal Code 810.9

Media reviews

"A profound redefinition of American cultural identity."--Philadelphia Inquirer

Citations

  • Publishers Weekly, 07/05/1993, Page 0

About the author

Toni Morrison is the author of eleven novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to God Help the Child (2015). She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019.
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