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Author Bouson, J. Brooks

Title Quiet as it's kept : shame, trauma, and race in the novels of Toni Morrison / J. Brooks Bouson
Published Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©2000


Description 1 online resource (x, 277 pages)
Series SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture
SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture.
Contents "Speaking the unspeakable": shame, trauma, and Morrison's fiction -- "The devastation that even casual racial contempt can cause": chronic shame, traumatic abuse, and racial self-loathing in The bluest eye -- "I like my own dirt": disinterested violence and shamelessness in Sula -- "Can't nobody fly with all that shit": the shame-pride axis and black masculinity in Song of Solomon -- "Defacating over a whole people": the politics of shame and the failure of love in Tar baby -- "Whites might dirty her all right, but not her best thing": the dirtied and traumatized self of slavery in Beloved -- "The dirty, get-on-down music": city pride, shame, and violence in Jazz -- "He's bringing along the dung we leaving behind": the intergenerational transmission of racial shame and trauma in Paradise
Summary "Quiet As It's Kept draws on and extends recent psychoanalytic and psychiatric work of shame and trauma theorists to offer an in-depth analysis of Morrison's representation of painful and shameful race matters in her fiction. Providing a frank and sustained look at the troubling, if not distressing, aspects of Morrison's fiction that other critics have studiously avoided or minimized in their commentaries, this book challenges established views of Morrison, showing her to be an author who forces readers into uncomfortable confrontations with matters of race. In Quiet As It's Kept, J. Brooks Bouson explores these issues in Morrison's works The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-264) and index
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Subject Morrison, Toni -- Knowledge -- Psychology
SUBJECT Morrison, Toni fast
Morrison, Toni 1931-2019 gnd
Morrison, Toni. swd
Subject Psychoanalysis and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Psychological fiction, American -- History and criticism
African American women in literature.
African Americans in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Shame in literature.
Race in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
African American women in literature
African Americans in literature
Psychic trauma in literature
Psychoanalysis and literature
Psychological fiction, American
Race in literature
Shame in literature
Women and literature
Ethnische Beziehungen Motiv
Scham Motiv
Trauma Motiv
Rasse Motiv
United States
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 99016422
ISBN 0585301921