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Introduction: There’s a Little Wheel a Turnin’ in My Heart: Cultural Concentricities and Enduring Identities

K. Zauditu-Selassie

in African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033280
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033280.003.0001
Introduction: There’s a Little Wheel a Turnin’ in My Heart: Cultural Concentricities and Enduring Identities

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the African spiritual tradition contained in the novels of African American novelist Toni Morrison. This book aims to affirm and demonstrate the power of Morrison's prose to re-codify these Central African beliefs along with other African-derived belief systems and sacred memories and examines how her novelistic figurations impart vital information and reinforce historical and spiritual consciousness. It explores the connection between identity and the concept of home, explains the concept of the healer and other spiritual manifestations mediated through the ritual activities and addresses historical records and the need to trace and record memories to ensure a viable future.

Keywords: Toni Morrison; African spiritual tradition; African American; beliefs; spiritual consciousness; identity; ritual; home; healer

Chapter.  9331 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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