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McGautha Simoné McGautha Dr. Okonkwo English 4169/7169: Toni Morrison: Her World and Her Work 9 April 2013 Art Will Always Be Political Marc Conner paints a picture for his readers that show us just how Toni Morrison writes her novels so that they are “socially responsible as well as very beautiful” (pg 5). Because of her position and the role she takes on as author of such delicate pieces of work, she demands criticism; not only through literary lenses, but political lenses as well. Conner believes that Morrison wants readers to participate in her novels, to be involved actively. “The scholarship detailing Morrison’s position within a specifically African-American aesthetic and cultural tradition is vast and impressive,” Conner states, “and certainly an understanding of Morrison’s work requires immersion in the ‘ways of knowing’” (pg 7). Readers are encouraged to create the novel with her and to help construct meaning. She gives us just a little, and allows us to decipher the rest on our own. Conner elaborates on the time that Morrison grew up in; suggesting that the era she was raised in has an influence on the type of work she publishes. During the time Morrison emerged, there were contested ideas between art and the political arena (pg 2). For Toni Morrison, art cannot be effective without it being political. All good art has been political and black artist have a responsibility to the black community. In her works, she aims at capturing "the something that defines what makes a book 'black.' 1



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