Toni Morrison and the Bible

Contested Intertextualities

by Shirley A. Stave (Volume editor)
Textbook VIII, 258 Pages


This collection of essays critically interrogates Toni Morrison’s use of the Bible in her novels, examining the ways in which the author plays on the original text to raise issues of spirituality as it affects race, gender, and class. Ideal for courses on Morrison or on explorations of the intersection of religion and literature, this collection treats its topic with sophistication, considering «religion» in its broadest possible sense, and examining syncretic theologies as well as mainstream religions in its attempt to locate Morrison’s work in a spiritual-theological nexus.


VIII, 258
ISBN (Softcover)
Morrison, Toni Roman Bibel Bible Spirituality Religion
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. VIII, 258 pp.

Biographical notes

Shirley A. Stave (Volume editor)

The Editor: Shirley A. Stave received her B.A. in English (speech/theater) from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and her Ph.D. in English from University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Decline of the Goddess: Nature, Culture, and Women in Thomas Hardy’s Fiction (1995), co-author of Living Witchcraft: A Contemporary American Coven (1994), and editor of Gloria Naylor: Strategy and Technique, Magic and Myth (2001).


Title: Toni Morrison and the Bible