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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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1993, Stockholm: A Prize for Toni Morrison

1993, Stockholm: A Prize for Toni Morrison

(p.263) Chapter 21 1993, Stockholm: A Prize for Toni Morrison
The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Abdulrazak Gurna

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the awarding of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature to Toni Morrison, bringing to light the struggle of black writers to be included in the norm for literature. The discussion considers the issues of ‘race’ and argues that public recognition for writing can also be a distraction. The chapter also discusses the specificity of African American writing culture and the different course of non-European British writing.

Keywords:   Nobel Prize, Toni Morrison, black writers, struggles, issues of race, public recognition, African American writing, non-European writing

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