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Title: The challenges of recovering from individual and cultural trauma in Toni Morrison’s Home
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Murcia: Universidad de Murcia, Editum
ISSN: 1989-6131
Related subjects: 82 - Literatura
Keywords: Morrison, Toni
Crítica e interpretación
Abstract: El viaje de regreso a su hogar en Lotus, Georgia, que realiza el protagonista de la última novela de Morrison, Frank Money, está plagado de obstáculos que impiden convertirlo en esa “experiencia rehabilitadora” que le ayudaría a recuperarse de sus traumas. La alienación que Frank experimenta está ligada a recuerdos de infancia, a su participación en la Guerra de Corea, su incapacidad para satisfacer a la mujer que ama y las actitudes racistas todavía presentes en los EE.UU. de los años 50. Home (2012) ofrece un terreno fértil para abordar temas como el impacto de los recuerdos, la gestión de la memoria y el duelo o las formas de representar el dolor y los traumas en la ficción. Sin embargo, la cuestión clave en esta novela es hasta qué punto el viaje que Frank hace para rescatar a su hermana le ayuda a redimir aspectos de su pasado y si esa redención resulta finalmente completa.
The journey back home to Lotus, Georgia, that the protagonist of Morrison’s latest novel, Frank Money, undertakes is planted with too many obstacles to turn it into the kind of “reconnecting experience” that would help him to recover from the traumas he suffers from. Frank’s sense of alienation is exacerbated by some hateful childhood memories, his participation in the Korean War and his painful losses there, the failure to support the woman he loves, and the racism that he still experiences in the U.S. of the 1950s. Home (2012) offers ample grounds to discuss topics such as acts of remembrance, memory traces, the politics of mourning, and direct (and indirect) representations of trauma and sorrow. Yet, the main question the novel poses is to what extent Frank’s journey to rescue his younger sister, Cee, helps him to achieve some kind of redemption and whether that redemption is fully materialized at the end of the novel.
Primary author: Ibarrola-Armendariz, Aitor
Published in: International Journal of English Studies,vol.14 (1), 2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10201/40671
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 16 p.
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol.14 (1), 2014

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