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Title: Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye Lecture II

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye Lecture II
  • Ramon Saldivar
  • Stanford University

The Subjectification of the Subject
  • Aesthetics and the social structure
  • Literature and Society
  • Black women writers in the 20th c. American
    literary tradition
  • Quiet as its kept, there were no marigolds in
    the fall of 1941. BE

The codes and touchstones of the world, BE 47
  • Foregrounding the trivial
  • Backgrounding the shocking
  • Capturing the grammar of the discourse of
    American subject creation
  • But since why is difficult to handle, one must
    take refuge in how.

Dick and Jane
  • White family primer
  • The mythology of classic American life
  • The deconstruction of the myth
  • The ideology of beauty
  • The social construction of beauty

Dismembering white baby dolls Beauty
Politicized and Racialized
  • disinterested violence . . . repulsive because
    it was disinterested. . . BE, 23
  • Kants Critique of Aesthetic Judgement
  • Whiteness and privilege
  • Pedagogy of the movies
  • Pedagogy of the oppressor

The Blues-ness of Blue and the Law of the Heart
  • Hating Shirley Temple
  • disinterested violence BE, 23
  • The best hiding place was love BE, 23

Kant, Critique of Aesthetic Judgment
  • The Ideology of the Aesthetic
  • Beauty as an element of the Political Unconscious

Gender as the Modality of Race
  • Beauty and the internalization of subjection
  • Misogyny and race
  • Love is never better than the lover, BE 206