Race And Representation In Tar Bay And White Teeth By Toni Morrison

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How are race and ethnicity represented in Tar Bay and White teeth? Are race and/or ethnicity challenged in these narratives, and if so, how?
Toni Morrison an American writer specifically about the different aspects of the past with commenting on her explanation of this ‘untenable reality’ of slavery and the African American voices that developed out of it. She writes about the particular grasp of history and memory, her representation of the psychological ramifications of slavery, her depiction of race/ethnicity relations in America. In particular in Toni Morrison’s novel Tar Baby the notion of race and ethnicity is explored through the blackness which presents to the readers that as a nation we are all implicated in the construction of blackness and to present and show ways that the black art can promote and transform the constructions. Zadie Smith’s novel ‘White Teeth’ explores the interaction between a set of different ethnicities which make up different British life. Smith’s purpose in ‘White Teeth’ is to find an attempt in which to construct a new model of Englishness that’s suited for the country’s multicultural make – up at the beginning of the twenty first century. Although the novel presents that it challenges the notion of race and ethnicity as it reveals through its form and its subject matter of the cultural anxieties that are attached to the construction of the Englishness in the contemporary imagination. (Victoria University Library data base - American Studies in Review. ‘‘A knowing so Deep It’s Like a secret’’ Recent Approaches to Race, Identity and Transformation in Toni Morrison’s Fiction.)
In Tony Morrisons Tar baby the notion of race is explored through the blackness which presents to the readers that as a nati...

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...del of Englishness that’s suited for the country’s multicultural make – up at the beginning of the twenty first century. Although the novel presents that it challenges the notion of race and ethnicity as it reveals through its form and its subject matter of the cultural anxieties that are attached to the construction of the Englishness in the contemporary imagination.
Reference List
- (Victoria University Library data base - American Studies in Review. ‘‘A knowing so Deep It’s Like a secret’’ Recent Approaches to Race, Identity and Transformation in Toni Morrison’s Fiction.)
- (Unit reader Linda Krumholz ‘Blackness and Art in Toni Morrison’s Tar baby)
- (Victoria University Library data base – Nick Bentley ‘Re – writing Englishness imagining the nation in Julian Barnes’s England, England and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth’.)
- (Victoria University Library data base-

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