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Mortifying Earthly Desires in Toni Morrison’s Home

Department of English, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
Humanities 2019, 8(4), 156;
Received: 25 July 2019 / Revised: 23 September 2019 / Accepted: 26 September 2019 / Published: 29 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Unsilencing Black Sexuality in the African Diaspora)
As is true of all of Toni Morrison’s texts, Home does not shy away from difficult topics, particularly those related to sexuality. In this instance, her novel reveals the contestation between the societal narrative of Black male sexual depravity and the struggle to assert an authentic, strong, good, identity that privileges mutually balanced relationships. While characters falter and make mistakes, Morrison’s text is about redemption and reconciliation to the ideals of a self-created theology steeped in a rich African and African American cultural heritage and tradition. This essay argues that Morrison uses a biblical theme to create a culturally relevant theology that shifts the narrative away from Black male depravity to a place of deliberate, conscientious, mutually beneficial relationships. View Full-Text
Keywords: Toni Morrison; spirituality; sexuality; Home; Christianity; Black masculinity; gender Toni Morrison; spirituality; sexuality; Home; Christianity; Black masculinity; gender
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Sampson-Choma, T.K. Mortifying Earthly Desires in Toni Morrison’s Home. Humanities 2019, 8, 156.

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