The Resource The dilemma of "double-consciousness" : Toni Morrison's novels, Denise Heinze

The dilemma of "double-consciousness" : Toni Morrison's novels, Denise Heinze

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The dilemma of "double-consciousness" : Toni Morrison's novels
Title
The dilemma of "double-consciousness"
Title remainder
Toni Morrison's novels
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Denise Heinze
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Language
eng
Summary
The critical reception that greeted Toni Morrison's two most recent novels, Beloved and Jazz, was so enthusiastic that it became a hallmark not only in Morrison's own career but quite possibly in the history of African-American literature as well. American readers and critics have strongly embraced Morrison in spite of the fact that her writings pose a stern challenge to an America suffering from moral and intellectual lethargy. In The Dilemma of "Double-Consciousness" Denise Heinze makes a major contribution to the current dialogue on Morrison by analyzing the extent to which her novels have been influenced by history and the interactions of race, class, and gender. Although Morrison's career represents an American success story, her writings attack values long revered in American society: the cult of domesticity and true womanhood, romantic love and ideal standards of beauty, capitalism and the Protestant work ethic, the primacy of Western culture and modern technology. Morrison is a mythbasher, says Meinze, but she is also a mythmaker whose ontology finds its meaning in nature, primitivism, the past, and the supernatural. Central to understanding Morrison's challenge to traditional values, Heinze argues, is W.E.B. Du Bois's notion of "double-consciousness"--The condition in which a person is representative of and immersed in two distinct ways of life. Heinze also draws on Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s notion of the symbiotic relationship that Morrison, as an African-American writer, shares with white writers. Morrison's position as part of the literary establishment and as part of minority culture in America grants her two perspectives, both of which inform her work. She successfully incorporates these perspectives, Heinze contends, by appropriating conventional literary forms to render artistically the story of black experience inside white culture. Morrison employs rational and controlled methods to naturalize seemingly irrational responses to life, and her "outsider within" status lends her a credibility that crosses racial, cultural, and class lines. In chapters that address Morrison's aesthetic, her treatment of families, her social dialectic, and her use of supernatural elements, Heinze provides incisive readings of all six novels. Morrison's stories of black families and black culture, Heinze says, appeal to a wide and growing audience by inviting her readers to share in her double-consciousness, to join her in a symbolic journey whose final destination is truth and understanding
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Heinze, Denise
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3563.O8749
LC item number
Z68 1993
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Morrison, Toni
  • Morrison, Toni
  • Morrison, Toni
  • Morrison, Toni
  • Morrison, Toni
  • Literature and society
  • Women and literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Race relations in literature
  • Polarity in literature
  • Littérature et société
  • Noirs américains dans la littérature
  • Relations raciales dans la littérature
  • Contraires dans la littérature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Polarity in literature
  • Political and social views
  • Race relations in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Romans
  • Roman
  • Gesellschaft
  • Doppelbewusstsein
  • United States
Label
The dilemma of "double-consciousness" : Toni Morrison's novels, Denise Heinze
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Note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Duke University
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-205) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Beauty and love: The Morrison aesthetic -- Distant mothers and incomprehensible fathers -- Up in the bottom: Morrison's social dialectic -- The metaphysical argument for the supernatural
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
209 pages
Isbn
9780820315232
Lccn
92021425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26674870
  • (OCoLC)ocm26674870
Label
The dilemma of "double-consciousness" : Toni Morrison's novels, Denise Heinze
Publication
Note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Duke University
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-205) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beauty and love: The Morrison aesthetic -- Distant mothers and incomprehensible fathers -- Up in the bottom: Morrison's social dialectic -- The metaphysical argument for the supernatural
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
209 pages
Isbn
9780820315232
Lccn
92021425
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26674870
  • (OCoLC)ocm26674870

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