The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison proposes that identity is fluid for the Nobel Prize–winning author, both on and off the page. This book offers close readings of Morrison’s own statements from interviews and essays, combined with in-depth chapters on Morrison’s most frequently discussed novels. John Duvall provides an important context for understanding Morrison’s fiction, revealing the ways in which she endeavored to put her own self-made image—that of the African American woman novelist—to work. This book offers the first sustained treatment of the autobiographical tendencies in Morrison’s work and delves into the very heart of her novels.
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