Saturday, August 6, 2022

Black cultural mythology and Song of Solomon

"The power of literary criticism is that, routinely," writes Christel Temple in her episode for Remarkable Receptions, "a fresh conceptual framework emerges that gives us tools to discover unique ways to engage with traditional texts. In this case, the new theorization is Black cultural mythology, and the traditional text is Toni Morrison’s 1977 epic, Song of Solomon."

Temple is the author of Black Cultural Mythology (2020), and she goes on to discuss the Black cultural mythology in relation to Morrison's novel.  

"Black cultural mythology challenges us to itemize the cultural memory impact of a narrative," she writes, "by having a heightened awareness of how a literary work, in this case, Morrison’s novel Song of Solomon, layers ideas of heroic survival with cultural memory beyond a paradigm of trauma."


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