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.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. VIII, 258 pp.
Contents: Shirley A. Stave: Introduction – Beverly Foulks: Trial by Fire: The Theodicy of Toni Morrison in Sula – Nancy
Berkowitz Bate: Toni Morrison’s Beloved: Psalm and Sacrament – David Z. Wehner: To Live This Life Intensely and Well:
The Rebirth of Milkman Dead in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon – Beth Benedrix: Intimate Fatality: Song of Solomon
and the Journey Home – Ágnes Surányi: The Bible as Intertext in Toni Morrison’s Novels – Sharon Jessee: The «Female Revealer»
in Beloved, Jazz and Paradise: Syncretic Spirituality in Toni Morrison’s Trilogy – Benjamin Burr: Mythopoetic
Syncretism in Paradise and the Deconstruction of Hospitality in Love – Anissa Janine Wardi: Jazz Funerals and
Mourning Songs: Toni Morrison’s Call to the Ancestors in Sula – Jennifer Terry: A New World Religion? Creolisation
and Candomblé in Toni Morrison’s Paradise – Shirley A. Stave: The Master’s Tools: Morrison’s Paradise and the
Problem of Christianity – Rebecca Degler: Ritual and «Other» Religions in The Bluest Eye.