Reading Toni Morrison
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3383
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Fiction
This course offers an intensive examination of Toni Morrison's work in its own contexts and the critical contexts in which others have read it. Winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, Toni Morrison is not only a powerful novelist but one of the most important American literary figures of the 20th century, producing incisive scholarship, literary criticism, and analyses of contemporary race relations. We examine her contributions to each of these fields. We also consider the specific historical moments that Morrison reimagines in her fiction, as well as the historical and cultural events that shaped the creation of each novel as she wrote it. The course emphasizes the process of examining an individual authors work in view of the literary, biographical, historical, and cultural influences that shaped it.
Course Open to: Degree Students