Volume 20 No 12 (2022)
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Ruralversus City Life: A Case study of Toni Morrison’s Jazz
Dr. Nistha Parashar
Toni Morrison’s Jazz is a historical novel which got published in the year 1992. The novel juxtaposes the rural and city life as perceived by the blacks. Owing to their fractured identity which got created in the lap of nature due to the horrors of slavery, Afro-Americans had started considering city not as something to be dreaded. Rather it became a promised land for the slaves. The questions which arose were very challenging – Would blacks be ever able to forge their earlier bonding with nature which they have lost? Could nature be still used to heal the lives of blacks? Could city and nature inhabit together in the lives of blacks? Did blacks still yearn to go back to the wilderness they escaped from? Was city completely incapable of healing the lives of blacks? These and many more such questions remain unanswered so far in the critical works of Toni Morrison. The present study thus is an attempt to answer all these aforestated ecocritical questions which still remain unanswered when one reads the novel
Morrison, City life, Nature, Culture, Urbanity
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