Names in Toni Morrison's novels : connections

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Jane Burris Clayton (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Charles E. Davis

Abstract: This study examines Toni Morrison's naming within her six novels and demonstrates that although the names function on many levels, overall, they tend to connect her characters to their community and to their heritage. Names are an integral part of Morrison's fictive world. Few animals, businesses, organizations, places or characters, no matter how insignificant, pass through that world unnamed, and if they do, that lack of a name is notable. Morrison's names do not merely identify but often function as self-contained character sketches, alerting us to characters' possible actions, characteristics, or even fates. Names often serve as connections to her themes, especially those involving personal and cultural identities.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Morrison, Toni $x Criticism and interpretation
Names in literature

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