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<i>SULA</i> AND THE DESTABILISATIONS OF APOCALYPSE

Helen C Benet-Goodman

in Literature and Theology

Volume 13, issue 1, pages 76-87
Published in print March 1999 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 1999 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/13.1.76
SULA AND THE DESTABILISATIONS OF APOCALYPSE

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There are three notions of tht apocalyptic operating in Sula biblical, African-American, and post-modern. References to the Book of Daniel signal the biblical apocalyptic. The role of racism in the text marks the use of the African-American apocalyptic. The personality of Sula herself figures the post-modern apocalyptic. Morrison uses these apocalyptic modes both to reinforce and to contradict each other, thus achieving one of the notable features of Sula, the continual shifting of values. The apocalyptic indeterminacy of the novel opens spaces which demand the reader's participation and judgment

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