1993, Stockholm: A Prize for Toni Morrison

Abdulrazak Gurna

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
1993, Stockholm: A Prize for Toni Morrison

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This chapter focuses on the awarding of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature to Toni Morrison, bringing to light the struggle of black writers to be included in the norm for literature. The discussion considers the issues of ‘race’ and argues that public recognition for writing can also be a distraction. The chapter also discusses the specificity of African American writing culture and the different course of non-European British writing.

Keywords: Nobel Prize; Toni Morrison; black writers; struggles; issues of race; public recognition; African American writing; non-European writing

Chapter.  5993 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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