Event Title

The Varying Roles of Sex in Toni Morrison's Fiction

Presenter Information

Matthew White, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 4:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

Toni Morrison, one of the greatest American authors of today, does not shy away from difficult and often taboo subjects throughout her fiction. Sex is one of these topics Morrison does not shy away from, in fact, she often uses sex as a central idea to her novels theme. As she makes sex such an integral aspect of her work, Morrison varies the different types of sex she uses--including rape, incest, consensual, and prostitution to name a few. Through these variations of sex, Morrison creates a holistic commodity in sex which leads to a space for critical discussion of power dynamics between bodies involved in the act.

Faculty Sponsor

Martha Arterberry

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

322

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The Varying Roles of Sex in Toni Morrison's Fiction

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Toni Morrison, one of the greatest American authors of today, does not shy away from difficult and often taboo subjects throughout her fiction. Sex is one of these topics Morrison does not shy away from, in fact, she often uses sex as a central idea to her novels theme. As she makes sex such an integral aspect of her work, Morrison varies the different types of sex she uses--including rape, incest, consensual, and prostitution to name a few. Through these variations of sex, Morrison creates a holistic commodity in sex which leads to a space for critical discussion of power dynamics between bodies involved in the act.

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