ONLINE CLASS: Before She Called Herself a Writer: The Early Novels of Toni Morrison (20121)

Four Saturdays: November 7, 14, 21, December 5, from noon to 2 p.m.

Price: 
$120.00 (10% off for members)

Toni Morrison represents one of the most revered and accomplished writers of the twentieth- and early-twenty-first centuries. Despite having published three novels, Morrison viewed herself as an editor, teacher, daughter, mother, and friend. Seeing and regarding herself as a writer finally occurred when she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Song of Solomon in 1977. Yet, any reading of Morrison’s early novels clearly demonstrates writing abilities. Her facility with using the range of American English, her profound ability to embody Black characters with full humanity, and her perspicacity in addressing taboo issues like Eurocentric standards of beauty, infanticide, and friendships among Black girls and women pathed the road for other Black writers to harness the full spectrum of Black life in America. These early novels also lay the foundation for the themes, styles, and work that Morrison’s subsequent novels do. They also provide a salient point of entry for introducing Morrison’s writings to readers. Four Saturdays: November 7, 14, 21, December 5, from noon to 2 p.m. Online Class.

Reading Schedule:

Nov 7:  Introduction to Morrison and discuss The Bluest Eye

Nov. 14: Discuss Sula

Nov. 21: Discuss Song of Solomon 

December 5: Complete discussion of Song of Solomon and class wrap up

Required Texts:

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison (9780307278449)

Sula, Toni Morrison (9781400033430)

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison (9781400033423)

Recommended Text:

The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison, Tessa Roynon (9780521177221)

Michele L. Simms-Burton, PhD is a former tenured university professor and founding board member of the Toni Morrison Society. Her writings have appeared in The Crisis Magazine, DownBeat, DC Metro Theater Arts, Auburn Avenue, and San Francisco Chronicle. She has lectured globally on African American culture.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Sula (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Song of Solomon (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033423
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

The Cambridge Introduction to Toni Morrison (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780521177221
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Published: Cambridge University Press - December 31st, 2012