Toni Morrison: This is Not a Story to Pass On

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Toni Morrison

Spring 2021

Taught By: Rich Blint

Section: A

CRN: 8573

Credits: 4

“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.” These words from the narrator of Toni Morrison’s (1931-2019) powerful second novel Sula is offered up as both fictional recollection and cautionary tale. Morrison’s Sula, a young black woman who follows her own mind and self-possessed inclination, finds herself a person apart from the population in the provincial confines of that place called the Bottom in early 20th century Ohio. She’s also quite different than the acted upon Pecola Breedlove of Morrison’s debut offering The Bluest Eye, who herself has little in common with Hagar or Ruth Foster Dead of the author’s first seriously ambitious masterpiece, Song of Solomon. What these imagined women have in common, however, is the literary conjuring wrought by the griot sensibilities of one of the most significant purveyors of the written word of the past century. From her discipline-shifting analysis of American literature Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, to her timely interventions into the racial and gendered conflagrations driving the spectacles of authority that were the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas and O.J. Simpson proceedings, to her editorial role at Random House stewarding works by Angela Davis and Gayl Jones into publication, Morrison revealed herself as a near peer-less witness to the pathological operations of American power and categorization. During our brief time together this semester, we’ll consider works from across the genres in which Morrison practiced, analyzing her familiar and more obscure pursuits into liberatory territory.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:40pm 6/18/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/10/2021