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Title: Myth and Ethnic Identity in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon
Authors: Chang, Yueh-Chen
Contributors: 英語學系
Keywords: Myth;Ethnic identity;Diaspora;Search for cultural and ancestral legacy
Date: 2000-07
Issue Date: 2013-02-05T02:26:54Z
Publisher: 東海大學文學院
Abstract: Myths, folktales, storytelling have been widely deployed in Toni Morrison’s novel to highlight the specificity of African-American cultures. Morrison’s Song of Solomon, while portraying her male protagonist’s search for identity, presents the residual of African culture in diaspora (Wilentz xxxix). However, thorugh the re-articulation of ethnic past and reenvisioning of the mythical traditions of African-American culture, Morrison refrains from romanticizing the past. This paper will focus on Morrison’s song of Solomon to illustrate, on the one hand, the diasporic aspect of ethnic writing, and to demonstrate the problematic of the essentialist construction of fixed, pure identity. It intends to show that for new generation of urban middle-class African-Americans, the search for cultural legacy is possibly, as Hall indicates, “mediated and transformed by memory, fantasy, and desire” (30). What have been discovered form this search is not a realization that there is the fusion of Native identity, but a realization that there is the fusion of Native-American, African-American and Euro-American cultures and mixed lineage in African-American cultures.
莫莉生小說喜運用神話、傳說及說故事的質素來突顯非裔美文化的特殊性。其小說《所羅門之歌》在刻劃男性角色追尋身份的過程中,同時呈殘留、離散的非洲文化(Wilentz xxxx)。然而,在重述其族裔的過去,及重非裔美國文化的神話傳統時,莫莉生並未將過去浪漫化。有探討莫莉生小說《所羅門之歌》中所呈現的離散文化面向,將建構純粹固定屬性之本全取向問題化,以指證說明對在都會成長,屬中產階級,新一代的非裔美國青年,其身份樂文化屬性的追尋可能因為「記憶、幻想,欲望所中介及轉換」。從此追尋中,所發現的並非肯定純粹的非洲文化,或固定的族裔屬性,而是認知到非裔美國文中所攙揉的印第安文化及歐美文化。
Relation: 東海大學文學院學報, 41: 171-198
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