Thursday, August 24, 2017
Perdue Hall, Bennett Family Auditorium • 6-7 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Scholars from a range of academic disciplines – including this year’s convocation speaker, SU’s own Dr. James King – discuss not only the novel’s literary worth, but its historical and cultural contexts, highlighting on the continued relevance of the novel in our contemporary setting.
Sula is the story of the lives of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation. Together, they create an unforgettable portrait of what it means and costs to be a black woman in America. According to The New York Times, Toni Morrison’s 1973 novel is “extravagantly beautiful. ... enormously, achingly alive. ... a howl of love and rage, playful and funny as well as hard and bitter.”
Toni Morrison has been celebrated with a Pulitzer Prize (for Beloved), the Nobel Prize for Literature and the 2000 National Humanities Medal. Author of 11 novels as well as children’s literature, short fiction, plays and non-fiction, Morrison is not only one of America’s greatest living authors, but one of the greatest authors in the history of literature.
Additional information about the book and articles available: http://libraryguides.salisbury.edu/nsr17/sula