Toni Morrison on Mothers and Motherhood

Toni Morrison on Mothers and Motherhood

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This collection of essays explores the gamut of Toni Morrison's novels from her earliest to her most recent. Each of the essays examines the various ways in which Morrison's work delineates and interrogates Western culture's ideological norms of mothers, motherhood, and mothering. The essays consider Morrison's female, and in some cases male, characters as challenging the concept that mothering and motherhood is a stable notion. The essays reveal both that mothering is a central concept in Morrison's work and that an examination of this pervasive notion illuminates her corpus as a whole. Toni Morrison on Mothers and Motherhood offers a wide range of scholarship that provides a compelling look at Morrison's work through an array of interdisciplinary approaches that are grounded in feminist/gender studies. This interdisciplinary collection of essays will be of interest to scholars and critics concerned with the notions of how we define mother/motherhood/mothering and the problem of its interpretation within Western society, as well as those engaged in the interpretation of African-American literature, and Morrison's work in particular.