Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 329–338 | Cite as

The Crucial Role of Naming in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon

  • Sima FarshidEmail author


Toni Morrison’s third novel Song of Solomon (1977) exposes itself as a turning point in her career by disclosing her artistic talents to literary circles and by implying the peace of mind she seems to have reached due to finding the answers to disturbing questions that preoccupied her mind while writing her first novel The Bluest Eye (Morrison 1970). While that novel depicts the distressing impact of the dominant Euro-American discourse on black people’s mind, her Song of Solomonincites African-Americans to nurture the cultural heritage of their African ancestors to resist the harmful effects of the dominant discourse. The epigraph of the novel, “The fathers may soar/And the children may know their names,” does not only portend the ultimate discovery of its protagonist but accentuates the significance of fathers’ deeds on children’s life and identity. Morrison makes her protagonist unearth the history of his family and hence the myths of African slaves of the South to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Islamic Azad University, Karaj BranchKarajIran

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