Maggie in Toni Morrison's "Recitatif": The Africanist Presence and Disability Studies

  title={Maggie in Toni Morrison's "Recitatif": The Africanist Presence and Disability Studies},
  author={Sandra Kumamoto Stanley},
  journal={MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.},
  pages={71 - 88}
  • S. Stanley
  • Published 1 June 2011
  • History
  • MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.
Critics have regarded Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif” (1983) as a tour de force of racial readings and misreadings—a work exposing society’s unspoken racialized codes. 1 In this short story tracing the lives of Twyla and Roberta from their youth in a shelter at St. Bonaventure to various stages of their adulthood, Morrison explores the experiences of two girls of different races, but she never reveals the race of either girl except through a series of social codes that underscore how race may be… Expand
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