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Song of Solomon Handout


EN304 Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon, 1987

Highly Recommended

New Essays on Song of Solomon. Ed. Valerie Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Ed. Harold Bloom. Chelsea House Publishers, 1999.

Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press, 1992)

Paul Gilroy, “Living Memory: A Meeting with Toni Morrison,” Small Acts (1994)

Linden Peach, Toni Morrison, Macmillan Modern Novelists (Macmillan, 1995)

Wild Women in the Whirlwind: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance (Serpent’s Tail, 1990)

Black Women Writers: Arguments and Interviews, ed. Mari Evans (Pluto Press, 1983)

Gerda Lerner, Black Women in White America: A documentary History (1973)

Sandi Russell, Render Me My Song: African-American Women Writers from Slavery to the Present (Pandora, 1990)

D. Taylor-Guthrie, Conversations with Toni Morrision (1994)

Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens (Women’s Press, 1984)

, Living By the Word (Women’s Press, 1988)

Some Relevant Chapters in the Secondary Reading

“The Black Experience,” in Bradbury & Temperley, Introduction to American Studies.

“African Americans: ‘I don’t sing other people’s voices’,” in Campbell & Kean, American Cultural Studies.

“Gender in American Literature and Culture,” in Mitchell & Maidment, The United States in the Twentieth Century: Culture.

“American Foreign Policy and Domestic Politics, 1960-76,” in Carroll & Noble, The Free and the Unfree.


See the couple of video interviews with Toni Morrison in SRC —one with A.S. Byatt, and one with Salman Rushdie.

Jonathan Demme dir., Beloved (Buena Vista Pictures, 1998)

Further Reading

David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident (1981)

Octavia E. Butler, Kindred (1979)

Paule Marshall, Praisesong for the Widow (1983)

Caryl Phillips, Crossing the River (1993)

Alice Walker, The Color Purple (1983)

------------, By the Light of My Father’s Smile (1998)

Sherley Anne Williams, Dessa Rose (reprinted 1998)