If I’d a Knowed More, I Would a Loved More: Toni Morrison’s <i>Love</i> and Spiritual Authorship

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:
If I’d a Knowed More, I Would a Loved More: Toni Morrison’s Love and Spiritual Authorship

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the African spiritual traditions contained in Toni Morrison's novels. The novels examined in this study represent traditions inspired by a shared spiritual memory and Morrison's use of narratives that speak of displacement and the renewal of hope points to the possibilities for wholeness through the interplay between the individual and community. In employing ritual that provides rehabilitation of the soul Morrison also awakens the sleeping giants of myth and allows silences to be disturbed through the montage of spiritual and cultural events. This chapter also comments on Morrison's novel Love.

Keywords: Toni Morrison; African spiritual traditions; novels; spiritual memory; displacement; hope; wholeness; soul; myth; Love

Chapter.  4608 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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