Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison

  • Herman Beavers

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

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This book examines Toni Morrison’s fiction as a sustained effort to challenge the dominant narratives produced in the white supremacist political imaginary and conceptualize a more inclusive political imaginary in which black bodies are valued. Herman Beavers closely examines politics of scale and contentious politics in order to discern Morrison's larger intent of revealing the deep structure of power relations in black communities that will enable them to fashion counterhegemonic projects. The volume explores how Morrison stages her ruminations on the political imaginary in neighborhoods or small towns; rooms, houses or streets. Beavers argues that these spatial and domestic geographies are sites where the management of traumatic injury is integral to establishing a sense of place, proposing these “tight spaces” as sites where narratives are produced and contested; sites of inscription and erasure, utterance and silence.  


geography in Toni Morrison's novels place-making in Sula racialized spaces in Toni Morrison's work trauma in Toni Morrison's novels hegemony and space in Song of Solomon "the personal is the political" and Toni Morrison's work Yi-Fu Tuan’s concept of topophilia affect studies and Tar Baby black political agency in Toni Morrison's work gendered conflict over space in Song of Solomon black feminist standpoint epistemology intersection of race and gender conflict in Toni Morrison's work intersectionality in The Bluest Eye black women's negotiation of space and place Southern Men in Toni Morrison's novels alienation in Song of Solomon The Great Migration, identity, and Toni Morrison's Jazz Racism in the Jazz Age black womanhood and masculine anxiety politics of scale in Toni Morrison's novels

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  • Herman Beavers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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