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October 2021

Imagery in Toni Morrison's novels: The Black perspective

Journal/Book: Journal of Mental Imagery. 1986; 10: 41-52.

Abstract: Discusses images of women, metaphoric imagery, music imagery, and imagery of rhythm and language in Morrison's works. It is argued that imagery as evidenced in Black culture is a mirror of a socially and culturally reinforced holistic cognitive style that is evidenced in the language. Images are presented in many forms such as hyperbolic, metaphysical, compressed/cryptic, jazzy, and metaphoric and that the images in Morrison's novels accurately demonstrate Black use.

Note: Black culture represented in imagery in T. Morrison's novels

Keyword(s): Literature ; imagery ; psychoanalytic interpretation; blacks


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