Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, award-winning author of literary classics such as Beloved, Song of Solomon, and The Bluest Eye, has passed away at the age of 88. Students and researchers studying Morrison’s life and classic works can find many enlightening videos on Films On Demand to supplement their research, including:
- Toni Morrison (Item #4620)—This program introduces Morrison as one of the greatest contemporary American authors. Readings from Beloved and Jazz show how she returns to the pain of slavery and segregation to restore wholeness to the black psyche.
- Toni Morrison Uncensored (Item #8860)—Morrison candidly answers questions regarding how she became a writer, the pain of empathizing with her characters, the sensual nature of her novels, and how it felt to win the Nobel Prize. In addition, she pulls no punches discussing how she first became aware of her racial otherness, how writing for a black audience has kept her work from becoming derivative, the societal uses of racism, and how racism leads to barbarism when individuals abdicate their humanity.
- Toni Morrison: A Writer’s Work (Item #4996)—In this program with Bill Moyers, Morrison discusses the characters in her work, the people in her life, the power of love, and how the invented world of fiction connects to life.
- Toni Morrison: In Black and White (Item #49740)—Morrison explains her statement that “American literature is incoherent without the contribution of African-American writers.”
- Toni Morrison’s “Home”: A Soldier Fights a War Abroad and Racism at Home (Item #53422)—In her novel Home, Morrison told the story of a soldier, Frank Money, who joins the Army, absorbing the atrocities of the Korean War, and then returns home after his service only to be greeted with both the institutional and casual realities of daily prejudice. Morrison speaks with NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown.
- Voices of Power: African-American Women (Item #10163)—Writers Alice Walker and bell hooks along with Ohio State University faculty Dr. Martha Wharton, of the departments of African-American studies and women’s studies, and Dr. Valerie Lee, of the departments of English and women’s studies, examine the emergence of African-American women as popular and powerful voices of social conscience.
- And more.