The origin of others

Published 2017
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America's foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines.

xvii, 114 pages ; 19 cm.
Foreword / by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Romancing slavery
Being or becoming the stranger
The color fetish
Configurations of blackness
Narrating the other
The foreigner's home.
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