Toni Morrison Conference: March 19-21, Montpellier, France

Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: Two Generations Later

Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Site St Charles

Salle des colloques 1

Montpellier, France, March 19-21, 2020

Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
Thursday 19th March
9:30-9:40Opening statements
I.Textual/stylistic Analysis: Morrison’s Word-Work             Chair: Monica Michlin, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3
9:40-10:10Cheryl A. Wall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick: “Her Word-Work Was Sublime: The Craft of Toni Morrison in Song of Solomon
10:20-10:40Michel Feith, Université de Nantes: “The Travails of the Negative in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
10:40-11:00Flora Valadié, Université de Bourgogne: “A Bag of Bones for the Blood Bank: The Politics of Matter and the Remainder in Song of Solomon
11:10-11:20Coffee break / Pause café
II. Working Intertextualities Chair: Nelly Mok, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3
11:20-11:40Carline Encarnacion, Université de Toulouse Jean-Jaurès:“An Ode to African American Folklore: Tales, Voices and their Variations in Song of Solomon
11:40-12:00Annie-Paule Mielle de Prinsac, Université de Bourgogne:“Pilate, the Shakespearean character Shakespeare did not create”
12:00-12:20Alan Rice, Institute for Black Atlantic Research, UCLAN, Preston, GB “Looking Inside the Invisible: The Importance of Naming in the Work of Toni Morrison and Lubaina Himid”
12:30-14:00Lunch / Déjeuner
III. Ethical Imagination                                 Chair: Nicolas Gachon, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3
14:00-14:30Ashraf Rushdy, Wesleyan University:“Violence and Salvation in Morrison’s Song of Solomon” Discussion
14:40-15:00Claude Le Fustec, Université de Rennes: “‘These things are real’: The Politics of Wisdom in Song of Solomon
15:00-15:20Emmanuelle Andrès, Université de La Rochelle:“Song of Solomon: Goodness, Altruism and the Literary Imagination”
15:30-16:00Coffee break / Pause café
IV. What Reading does                              Chair: Arlette Frund, Université François-Rabelais, Tours
16:00-16:30Maryemma Graham, University of Kansas: “Song of Solomon: Bearing Witness, Heralding Afro-Futurism”
16:30-16:50Jean Wyatt, Occidental College, Los Angeles: “Dislocating the Reader: Psychoanalysis and Temporal Discontinuity in Toni Morrison’s Novels”
16:50-17:20Sabine Bröck, University of Bremen, Germany: “White Reading”
Friday 20th March
V. Black Masculinities                               Chair, Lawrence Aje, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3
9:00-9:20Françoise Clary, Université de Rouen: “Extending Intersectional Analysis to the Singly Subordinated Black Man in The Song of Solomon
9:20-9:50:Herman Beavers, University of Pennsylvania: “‘They ain’t never going to have it’: Dematerializing the Masculine Imaginary in Song of Solomon
9:50-10:10Coffee Break/ Pause café
10:10-10:40Carolyn Denard, Georgia College and State University: “Magical Men: Mythologizing Male Roles in Song of Solomon
10:40-11:10Michael Awkward, The University of Michigan: “‘Thought he was a man’: Toni Morrison, Emmett Till, and the Problems of History”
VI. Grounded or Flying?                                Chair: Souleymane Ba, Dr. Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3
14:00-14:30Trudier Harris, The University of Alabama: “Grounded Africans: Triumphs of Flight and Failures of Imagination in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon” Discussion
14:40-15:10Claude Le Fustec, Université de Rennes: “‘These things are real’: The Politics of Wisdom in Song of Solomon
15:10-15:20Lara Delage-Toriel, Université de Strasbourg:“The Earthbound Body in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
15:20-15:40Paola Boi, University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy: “Like the Sibyl, again. Scattering the sign, conjuring the unknown in feminine, maternal discourse. The ‘Flight’ motif and the invention of “beyond” the language’ in Morrison’s Song of Solomon
15:40-16:00Marcus Bruce, Bates College: “Flying Lessons: Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon, and the Pedagogy of Flight”
16:20-16:40 16:40-17:30Coffee Break/ Pause café Roundtable / Table Ronde
20:00-Banquet: La Brasserie du théâtre, rue Victor Hugo
Saturday21st March
VII. Black Diasporic Imagination                               Chair: Hélène Charlery, Université de Toulouse Jean-Jaurès

9:30-9:40Josette Spartacus, Lycée Malherbe, Caen: “Song of Solomon: The Errantry of the Tout-monde”
9:40-10:10   10h20-10h40Melba Joyce Boyd, Wayne State U, Detroit:“Colorism in Song of Solomon” Discussion     Coffee Break/ Pause café
10:40-11:40Roundtable on the documentary: The Pieces I Am with Cheryl Wall, Sabine Bröck and Monica Michlin.

11: 40-12:00Closing statements
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