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Dancing with Trees and Dreamin of Yellow Dresses: The Dilemma of Jadine in <i>Tar Baby</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/9780813033280.003.0005
Dancing with Trees and Dreamin of Yellow Dresses: The Dilemma of Jadine in Tar Baby

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This chapter examines the African cosmology and epistemology manifested in Toni Morrison's novel Tar Baby. It suggests that Morrison inscribed in this novel indigenous knowledge, representing physical and cultural landscapes as sites of power to balance individuals and restore community cohesion and she expanded the spiritual territory of the literary canon by linking her narrative with eco-critical considerations of the natural world. Her choice of epigrams also reiterates the idea of spiritual contentions and contested identities.

Keywords: African cosmology; epistemology; Toni Morrison; Tar Baby; indigenous knowledge; cultural landscapes; community cohesion; spiritual territory; epigrams; natural world

Chapter.  9366 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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