Bluest Eye

ISBN-10: 0375411550

ISBN-13: 9780375411557

Edition: N/A

Authors: Toni Morrison

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The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. 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.
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List price: $25.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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 Notep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Intense Behaviors: the Use of the Grotesque in the Bluest Eye and Eva's Manp. 3
Lady No Longer Sings the Blues: Rape, Madness, and Silence in the Bluest Eyep. 13
Bleak Beginnings: the Bluest Eyep. 27
The Language and Music of Survivalp. 33
Eruptions of Funk: Historicizing Toni Morrisonp. 45
""""The Evil of Fulfillment"""": Scapegoating and Narration in the Bluest Eyep. 65
Text and Countertext in the Bluest Eyep. 105
""""Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"""": the Politics of Form in the Bluest Eyep. 121
Transgression as Poesis in the Bluest Eyep. 139
The Bluest Eye: the Need for Racial Approbationp. 153
Afterwordp. 163
The Bluest Eye (1970)p. 169
Black Girlhood and Black Womanhood: the Bluest Eye and Sulap. 183
The Politics of Abuse: the Traumatized Child in Toni Morrison's the Bluest Eye and Marguerite Durasp. 203
M'Dear's Deductive Methodologyp. 221
When Home Fails to Nurture the Self: the Tragedy of Being Homeless at Homep. 225
Naming the Invisible Authority: Toni Morrison's Covert Letter to Ralph Ellisonp. 239
Chronologyp. 251
Contributorsp. 253
Bibliographyp. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Indexp. 261
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