As I mentioned at the end of class today, our reading for Monday presents us with another kind of challenge in this challenging novel. Just as we’re becoming more adept at grappling with the narrative, historical, and ethical questions of Morrison’s writing, we’re confronted in this section with a different kind of experimental writing that seems to raise many of the issues we’ve been talking about so far — memory, trauma, family dynamics, ownership and control — in a new and different mode of writing.
So for this blog post, you should spend some time thinking and writing about the experimental sections that appear towards the end of our section for Monday. Here are a few things you might consider: what’s it like to read these? How do we have to read these differently from the rest of the novel (or from novels overall, for that matter)? What seem to be the important features here in terms of form and style? You’re also free to respond to these pieces in whatever critical, analytical way seems useful to you, as long as you ground your thinking in some quotation and close analysis of the text there.
Reminder: your response should go in the comments section for this post — click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top of the post. It should be at least 250 words, and is due by midnight on Sunday, October 30th. After class on Monday, you should return to this thread and post a response to one classmate’s post by class time Wednesday the 2nd. If you have any questions, let me know via email.