Goodness and the literary imagination: Harvard Divinity School's 95th Ingersoll Lecture: with essays on Morrison's moral and religious vision

Introduction: Toni Morrison's religion --Goodness : Altruism and the literary imagination (Ingersoll Lecture 2012) /Toni Morrison --I. Significant landscapes and sacred places.Haunted by slavery /Walter Johnson ;Ọmọ Òpìtańdìran, an Africanist griot : Toni Morrison and African epistemology, myth...

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Main Author: Morrison, Toni 1931-2019
Contributors: Carrasco, Davíd 1944- (Editor); Paulsell, Stephanie 1962- (Editor); Willard, Mara (Editor)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Charlottesville London University of Virginia Press [2019]
Volumes / Articles:Show volumes/articles.
Series/Journal:Ingersoll lecture
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Morrison, Toni 1931-2019 / God / Divinity
Further subjects:B Morrison, Toni
B Collection of essays
B Morrison, Toni History and criticism
B Good and evil
B Good and evil in literature
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Summary:Introduction: Toni Morrison's religion --Goodness : Altruism and the literary imagination (Ingersoll Lecture 2012) /Toni Morrison --I. Significant landscapes and sacred places.Haunted by slavery /Walter Johnson ;Ọmọ Òpìtańdìran, an Africanist griot : Toni Morrison and African epistemology, myths, and literary culture /Jacob K. Olupona ;Structures of stones and rings of light : spirited landscapes in Toni Morrison's Beloved /Tiya Miles --II. Putting goodness onstage.Evocations of intimacies : comments on Toni Morrison's Home /Charles H. Long ;Morrison's pietás as participatory loss and love /Mara Willard ;The ghost of love and goodness /Davíd Carrasco ;Demons and dominion : possession and dispossession in Toni Morrison's A Mercy /Matthew Potts --III. Giving goodness a voice.Ministry in Paradise /Stephanie Paulsell ;Luminous darkness : Africanist presence and the American soul /Jonathan L. Walton ;Going backstage : Soaphead Church and the (religious) problem of goodness in The Bluest Eye /Biko Mandela Gray ;Unsung no more : Pilate's mercy! eulogy in Song of Solomon /Gerald "Jay" Williams ;Quiet, as it's kept and lovingly disrupted by Baby Suggs, Holy : on the volume of goodness in Beloved /Josslyn Luckett --Writing Goodness and mercy : a 2017 interview with Toni Morrison.
"What exactly is goodness? Where is it found in the literary imagination? Toni Morrison, one of American letters’ greatest voices, pondered these perplexing questions in her celebrated Ingersoll Lecture, delivered at Harvard University in 2012 and published now for the first time in book form. Perhaps because it is overshadowed by the more easily defined evil, goodness often escapes our attention. Recalling many literary examples, from Ahab to Coetzee’s Michael K, Morrison seeks the essence of goodness and ponders its significant place in her writing. She considers the concept in relation to unforgettable characters from her own works of fiction and arrives at conclusions that are both eloquent and edifying. In a lively interview conducted for this book, Morrison further elaborates on her lecture’s ideas, discussing goodness not only in literature but in society and history—particularly black history, which has responded to centuries of brutality with profound creativity. Morrison’s essay is followed by a series of responses by scholars in the fields of religion, ethics, history, and literature to her thoughts on goodness and evil, mercy and love, racism and self-destruction, language and liberation, together with close examination of literary and theoretical expressions from her works. Each of these contributions, written by a scholar of religion, considers the legacy of slavery and how it continues to shape our memories, our complicities, our outcries, our lives, our communities, our literature, and our faith. In addition, the contributors engage the religious orientation in Morrison’s novels so that readers who encounter her many memorable characters such as Sula, Beloved, or Frank Money will learn and appreciate how Morrison’s notions of goodness and mercy also reflect her understanding of the sacred and the human spirit."--Publisher's website
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:0813943620