• "Another Night, Another Story: teh Frame Narrative in Toni Morrison's Paradise and Alf Laylah wa Laylah"

    Author(s):
    Majda R. Atieh (see profile)
    Date:
    2009
    Subject(s):
    African American literature, Classical literature
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    arab world, toni morrison
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6FK5X
    Abstract:
    This essay utilizes and applies the recurrent and pervasive taxonomic characteristics of the frame to the narrative of Toni Morrison’s Paradise (1998), the third novel in her trilogy: Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), and Paradise. This critical approach avoids exploring the features of Paradise as a frame narrative by exclusively comparing it to another frame narrative. The frame structure in Paradise does not develop through its similarity to some construction or specific frame narrative that belongs to a certain culture or period. Determining the frame structure in Paradise by its resemblance to another frame narrative would suggest that the sample frame narrative is a hierarchical and hegemonic model. To the contrary, my analysis illustrates how Paradise emerges as an innovative frame narrative and how it adopts and adapts the taxonomic characteristics of the frame by employing inventive techniques. Concurrently, this study links Paradise to the heritage of the life-giving frame narratives and accentuates its significant reproduction of the celebrated Arabic story cycle of Alf Laylah Wa Laylah.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Book chapter
    Publisher:
    Ohio State University Press
    Author/Editor:
    Dana A. Williams
    Book Title:
    Contemporary African Amwerican Fiction: New Critical Essays
    Start Page:
    119
    End Page:
    135
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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