Toni Morrison, V. S. Naipaul, and Ben Okri
Acknowledgements This book is based on a dissertation submitted to The Chinese University of Hong Kong for my doctoral degree in English Literary Studies in 2005, and therefore, I owe this book to my dissertation committee professors. First of all, I am indebted to Timothy Weiss, for providing with continued attention, strong support and significant guidance during my study in Hong Kong. Without his vision, knowledge, and encouragement, this project, which was conceived in early 2003, would not have been possible. It has also benefited immeasurably by the careful readings, stimulating questions, and insightful suggestions of David Parker, Lisa Lai-ming Wong, and Barry Asker, to whom I am very grateful. I am also very grateful to Bill Mullen, who inspired me to develop a keen interest in African-American history and literature, and especially in Toni Morrison scholarship. Adam Schwartz deserves special appreciation for his generosity and help that made my short research in the library at Wellesley College both rewarding and memorable. I wish to express my gratitude to Paul Levine, a reliable mentor and warm friend, for constantly advising me on academic issues, to Ren Xiaojin for believing me from the very beginning, and to George Braine for always wishing me well. I would like to thank the English Department and School of Foreign Languages at Shanghai East China Normal University for offering me a reasonable grant, and especially Dean Zhang Chunbai for his understanding and thoughtfulness. I would also like to thank Alexis Kirschbaum at Peter Lang Publishers...
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