Blackness and Art in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby

Blackness and Art in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby L I N D A K R U M H O L Z I heard Black for the first time in the wake of the Civil Rights movement, in the wake of the de-colonization and nationalistic struggles. Black was created as a political category in a certain historical moment. It was created as a consequence of certain symbolic and ideological struggles. We said, "You have spent five, six, seven hundred years elaborating the symbolism through which Black is a negative factor. Now I don't want another term. I want that term, that negative one, that's the one I want. I want a piece of that action. I want to take it out of the way in which it has been articulated in religious discourse, in ethnographic discourse, in literary discourse, in visual discourse. I want to pluck it out of its articulation and rearticulate it in a new way." In that very struggle is a change of consciousness, a change of selfrecognition, a new process of identification, the emergence into visibility of a new subject. A subject that was always there, but emerging, historically. Stuart Hall, "Old and New Identities" n Tar Baby, Toni Morrison explores blackness to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Literature University of Wisconsin Press

Blackness and Art in Toni Morrison's Tar Baby

Contemporary Literature, Volume 49 (2) – Aug 28, 2008

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L I N D A K R U M H O L Z I heard Black for the first time in the wake of the Civil Rights movement, in the wake of the de-colonization and nationalistic struggles. Black was created as a political category in a certain historical moment. It was created as a consequence of certain symbolic and ideological struggles. We said, "You have spent five, six, seven hundred years elaborating the symbolism through which Black is a negative factor. Now I don't want another term. I want that term, that negative one, that's the one I want. I want a piece of that action. I want to take it out of the way in which it has been articulated in religious discourse, in ethnographic discourse, in literary discourse, in visual discourse. I want to pluck it out of its articulation and rearticulate it in a new way." In that very struggle is a change of consciousness, a change of selfrecognition, a new process of identification, the emergence into visibility of a new subject. A subject that was always there, but emerging, historically. Stuart Hall, "Old and New Identities" n Tar Baby, Toni Morrison explores blackness to

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