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The Timeless Toni Morrison

The Past and The Present in Toni Morrison’s Fiction. A Tribute to Toni Morrison on Occasion of Her 85th Birthday


Agnieszka Łobodziec and Blossom N. Fondo

The book presents a cultural study of Toni Morrison’s fiction, focused on her representations of the past and present, along with the relationship between the two. The authors analyze Morrison’s texts not solely as aesthetic, autonomous objects but as manifestations of a cultural and creative practice closely related to actuality. They examine various incorporations of history in Morrison’s writings. The contributions search out thematic continuities as well as discernable ruptures in the texts while noting futuristic tendencies in Morrison's novels and the texts’ envisagement of the human race.

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Barbara L. Compagnucci is a full time Composition Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. As a former student from the College of New Jersey, she earned an MA in literature, with a concentration in African American and Latin American Studies. Additionally, Ms. Compagnucci has an M E.d in Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language from the same institution. Her background in TESOL has led to a specific interest in linguistics, conversation analysis, and sociolinguistics.

Blossom N. Fondo is Associate Professor of Postcolonial Studies at the Higher Teacher Training College of the University of Maroua in Cameroon. Her research interests include Postcolonial African Literature in English, trauma studies, ecocriticism and African-American Literature. She is the co-editor of Rewriting Herstory: Critical Essays on the Female Subject in the Colonial and Postcolonial World. She is currently working on a monograph length essay Michelle Cliff and the Historical Imagination.

Agnieszka Gondor-Wiercioch - Associate Professor in the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Teaches Latin American, American and Canadian literature. Recipient of the research grant of JFK Institute of Freie Universitat in Berlin. Interested in the contemporary Latino/a and Native American fiction (transculturation in literature, reconstruction of history and identity search in ethnic and post-ethnic literature, hybrid and heterogeneous literature, syncretic religions represented in literary texts and the clash of incompatible cultural models). Published a monograph devoted to the comparative analysis and interpretation...

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