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Love and narrative form in Toni Morrison’s later novels

Jean Wyatt University of Georgia Press, 2017, pp. 299, $29.95 paper, ISBN: 0820350869
  • Marilyn CharlesEmail author
Book Review

In Love and Narrative Form in Toni Morrison’s Later Novels,Jean Wyatt offers a brilliant and accessible examination of how theme and form complement and augment one another in Morrison’s work. Carefully examining ways in which love is represented through both content and form, Wyatt highlights for the reader how form speaks increasingly directly in Morrison’s novels through the evocative nature of the very structure of the language itself. Undergirding Morrison’s efforts, suggests Wyatt, is an ethical imperative that drives a rendering of traumatic truths into language that in some cases brings visibility to those truths and, in others, eludes trauma’s telling. Through Wyatt’s careful analysis, we see how Morrison’s project evolves from an elaboration of traumatic truths towards the possibility of an adaptive and transformative working through. Informing Wyatt’s readings of these novels is a judicious use of psychoanalytic concepts and theory regarding the impact of trauma on human...

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  1. 1.Austen Riggs CenterStockbridgeUSA

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