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I’ve Got a Home in Dat Rock: Ritual and the Construction of Family History in <i>Song of Solomon</i>

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/9780813033280.003.0004
I’ve Got a Home in Dat Rock: Ritual and the Construction of Family History in Song of Solomon

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This chapter examines the ritual and the construction of family history in Toni Morrison's novel Song of Solomon. It explains that the main themes of this novel are freedom and identity and that for Morrison identity continues to be indispensable to the integrated cultural and spiritual personality and it is connected to knowing one's name. It also suggests that the novel reiterates the values of heritage, history, and heroism and challenges readers to reflect and re-evaluate their own principles, reclaim their names and family stories, and challenge historic hegemony, cultural erasure, and spiritual stasis.

Keywords: family history; Toni Morrison; Song of Solomon; freedom; identity; heritage; historic hegemony; cultural erasure; spiritual stasis; heroism

Chapter.  11558 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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