Bluest Eye

ISBN-10: 0452287065
ISBN-13: 9780452287068
Edition: N/A
Authors: Toni Morrison
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Description: The Bluest Eye (1970) is the first novel written by Toni Morrison. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

The Bluest Eye (1970) is the first novel written by Toni Morrison. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University in 1953 and a master's degree in English from Cornell University in 1955 with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She taught at several universities including Texas Southern University, Howard University, and Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Her other works include Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Love, A Mercy, and Home. She has won several awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1977 for Song of Solomon, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. She also co-wrote children's books with her younger son, Slade Morrison, including The Big Box, The Book of Mean People, and Peeny Butter Fudge.

Editor's Note
Introduction
Intense Behaviors: the Use of the Grotesque in the Bluest Eye and Eva's Man
Lady No Longer Sings the Blues: Rape, Madness, and Silence in the Bluest Eye
Bleak Beginnings: the Bluest Eye
The Language and Music of Survival
Eruptions of Funk: Historicizing Toni Morrison
""""The Evil of Fulfillment"""": Scapegoating and Narration in the Bluest Eye
Text and Countertext in the Bluest Eye
""""Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"""": the Politics of Form in the Bluest Eye
Transgression as Poesis in the Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye: the Need for Racial Approbation
Afterword
The Bluest Eye (1970)
Black Girlhood and Black Womanhood: the Bluest Eye and Sula
The Politics of Abuse: the Traumatized Child in Toni Morrison's the Bluest Eye and Marguerite Duras
M'Dear's Deductive Methodology
When Home Fails to Nurture the Self: the Tragedy of Being Homeless at Home
Naming the Invisible Authority: Toni Morrison's Covert Letter to Ralph Ellison
Chronology
Contributors
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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