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Toni Morrison

Data de nascimento: 18. Fevereiro 1931
Data de falecimento: 5. Agosto 2019

Toni Morrison é uma escritora, editora e professora estadunidense.

Recebeu o Nobel de Literatura de 1993, por seus romances fortes e pungentes, que relatam as experiências de mulheres negras nos Estados Unidos durante os séculos XIX e XX. Seu livro de estreia, O olho mais azul , é um estudo sobre raça, gênero e beleza — temas recorrentes em seus últimos romances. Despertou a atenção da crítica internacional com Song of Solomon . Amada , o primeiro romance de uma trilogia que inclui Jazz e Paraíso , ganhou o Prémio Pulitzer de Ficçãode melhor ficção e foi escolhido pelo jornal americano The New York Times como “a melhor obra da ficção americana dos últimos 25 anos”. Morrison escreveu peças, ensaios, literatura infantil e um libreto de ópera.

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„Sou uma pessoa controversa. Meus amigos ou não gostam de mim ou me odeiam.“

—  Toni Morrison

I'm a controversial figure. My friends either dislike me or hate me.
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, 1978

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„Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.“

—  Toni Morrison, livro Beloved

Fonte: Beloved (1987)
Contexto: Bit by bit, at 124 and in the Clearing, along with others, she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another. <!-- ~ Ch. 9

„Tongue-suicide is not only the choice of children. It is common among the infantile heads of state and power merchants whose evacuated language leaves them with no access to what is left of their human instincts for they speak only to those who obey, or in order to force obedience.“

—  Toni Morrison

Nobel Prize Lecture (1993)
Contexto: Tongue-suicide is not only the choice of children. It is common among the infantile heads of state and power merchants whose evacuated language leaves them with no access to what is left of their human instincts for they speak only to those who obey, or in order to force obedience. The systematic looting of language can be recognized by the tendency of its users to forgo its nuanced, complex, mid-wifery properties for menace and subjugation. Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. Whether it is obscuring state language or the faux-language of mindless media; whether it is the proud but calcified language of the academy or the commodity driven language of science; whether it is the malign language of law-without-ethics, or language designed for the estrangement of minorities, hiding its racist plunder in its literary cheek — it must be rejected, altered and exposed. It is the language that drinks blood, laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots under crinolines of respectability and patriotism as it moves relentlessly toward the bottom line and the bottomed-out mind. Sexist language, racist language, theistic language — all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.

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