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The Origin of Others (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) Hardcover – September 18, 2017
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Morrison’s new book of essays, The Origin of Others, shows that the sick, sad world in which her novels are set is an old one―one that she yearns to lean out of, one we’re falling right back into instead. The Origin of Others is, at once, a critique, memoir, and writer’s notebook; the Nobel Prize–winning author explicates the observations and inspirations behind some of her most prized novels. The book draws from her Norton Lectures, in which she discusses race, borders, history, and other literary heavyweights such as Flannery O’Connor and Ernest Hemingway. Readers could consider this book a companion to her Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, if they want a pellucid look at the racial minefield throughout American literature. (Kaila Philo The Millions)
It is hard not to want more than an afternoon with her incisive mind…Her essays are richly embellished with anecdote and memory, but grounded in literary analysis. Morrison looks to literature as a potent site of prejudicial tuition…Drafted in the months before Brexit and Donald Trump, it is hard not to see The Origin of Others as politically prescient. (Beejay Silcox The Australian)
For those who want to understand better the process of inventing others, its literary past, and the tendency in us all to dismiss others clamoring for a sense of belonging, The Origin of Others is a must-read. Morrison’s fans will appreciate her hauntingly clear reading of the times, even while she remains true to her literary aesthetic. New readers can look to this text as a foray into the mind of one of the greatest thinkers of our time. With the same revolutionary simplicity as Martin Buber’s I and Thou, Morrison reminds us once again that whatever can be said of the self is always determined by how one stands in relation to the other. (Audrey Thompson Christian Century)
If you’ve ever wanted to take a peek into the brilliant mind of Toni Morrison, look no further than her latest book. In The Origin of Others, Morrison dissects all the thematic elements that frequent her work, and sheds light on what inspires her and what keeps her up at night. Based on her Norton Lectures, the renowned novelist delves deep into how literature has shaped society’s perceptions of race over the years, as well as how some of her most beloved books came to be. Plus, it has a brilliant introduction from Ta-Nehisi Coates! (Gina Mei Shondaland)
Pulitzer– and Nobel Prize–winning novelist Morrison analyzes the language of race and racism and the classification of people into dehumanizing racial categories in American culture… Lyrically written and intelligently argued, this book is on par with Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination and The Black Book. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
This is an intriguing and timely series of reflections on race, fear, belonging and otherness. (Louise Kennedy The ARTery)
This volume collects the great novelist’s Norton lectures at Harvard University, giving those of us who didn’t get to attend a glimpse at Morrison’s thoughts on race and otherness, and how these things affect literature and lives around the world. (The Millions)
[A] slender but profound volume. (Tom Beer Newsday)
The Origin of Others is a must read. (Tara Block PopSugar)
From legendary writer and thinker Toni Morrison comes a book that deals with one of the thorniest topics of our time: race…What is race? What motivates us to construct otherness? What makes us so afraid of one another? Probing, brilliant, and beautifully rendered, The Origin of Others is destined to become one of the major sociological texts of our time. (Elizabeth Kiefer Refinery29)
About the Author
Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Pulitzer Prize. She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University.
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"The Origins of Others" is a perfect way to initiate discussions on racism. Book Clubs and classrooms will benefit significantly from the clarity provided this analysis. A bonus for this reader is Morrison's insight on how her body of work is primarily concerned with the exploration of racism and color-ism throughout American history. This is a highly recommended read that begs discussion and reflection.
! She takes a very deep and complicated cultural phenomena and gives the reader an in depth look at the concept of Other. She helps us undrstand why the majority power structure neede to create an alternate realty at the expense of the well being of others in order to maintain power and in doing so avoid their own Otherness/humanity...
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