- Paperback: 91 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (July 27, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679745424
- ISBN-13: 978-0679745426
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Reprint Edition
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Novelist Morrison takes a turn as a literary critic, examining the American literary imagination and finding it obsessed with the white/black polarity.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Morrison ( Jazz , LJ 4/15/92) believes that an African American presence, largely ignored by critics, has always permeated white American literature. She opens by carefully setting her parameters and defining her terms--e.g., Africanism: "the denotative and connotative blackness that African peoples have come to signify, as well as the entire range of views, assumptions, readings, and misreadings that accompany Eurocentric learning about these people." The first few pages feature densely packed language whose meaning becomes clearer when Morrison examines such specific works as Willa Cather's Sapphira and the Slave Girl . This brief, highly provocative book, which considers "the impact of racism on those who perpetuate it," is highly recommended not only for Morrison's many admirers but for all those interested in American literature.
-Louis J. Parascandola, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn Campus , New York
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I've read all of Toni Morrison's books which always takes the reader to the place and time of the characters she creates. From beginning to end of each story, Morrison concludes a lesson that preceded adversity which withstands the storms of life. I would recommend this book to people.