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In(<i>her</i>)iting the Divine:(Consola)tions, Sacred (Convent)ions, and Mediations of the Spiritual In-between in <i>Paradise</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/9780813033280.003.0006
In(her)iting the Divine:(Consola)tions, Sacred (Convent)ions, and Mediations of the Spiritual In-between in Paradise

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This chapter examines sacred conventions, consolations and mediations in Toni Morrison's novel Paradise. It suggests that Morrison structured this novel as the highlight of the negotiation of spiritual tensions in her use of spiritual amplification. It explores the notion of spiritual balance, the re-construction/resurrection of the matriarch, and the nature of spiritual transcendence and analyzes the nature of female spiritual traditions and the manner in which African women have redefined, restored, reclaimed and recovered identity through a symbiotic relationship between themselves and the land.

Keywords: sacred conventions; mediations; consolations; Toni Morrison; Paradise; spiritual traditions; spiritual balance; matriarch; spiritual transcendence; African women

Chapter.  9503 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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