LSU Press Book Wins the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize
BATON ROUGE – “Race, Trauma, and Home in the Novels of Toni Morrison,” by Evelyn Jaffe Schreiber, won the 2010-2012 Toni Morrison Society Book Prize, awarded biennially for the best single-authored book on Morrison’s work. The award was announced at the African American Literature and Culture Society Reception at the American Literature Association conference in San Francisco on May 25.
Founder and chair of the board of directors of the Toni Morrison Society Carolyn Denard presented Schreiber with the award. Denard noted that the book “shows through a deeply informed understanding of psychological and neurobiological analyses how the very real and traumatic wounds of racism can affect the mind and the body for generations.”
In “Race, Trauma, and Home” – the first interdisciplinary study of all nine of Nobel laureate Morrison’s novels – Schreiber investigates how the communal and personal trauma of slavery embedded in the bodies and minds of its victims lives on through successive generations of African Americans. Approaching trauma from several cutting-edge theoretical perspectives – psychoanalytic, neurobiological and cultural and social theories – Schreiber analyzes the lasting effects of slavery as depicted in Morrison’s work and considers the almost insurmountable task of recovering from trauma to gain subjectivity.
Schreiber is a professor of English at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is also the author of “Subversive Voices: Eroticizing the Other in William Faulkner and Toni Morrison.”