What Is The Importance Of African American

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In her book Playing in the Dark, Toni Morrison thoughtfully explores the importance of African Americans in the American literary imagination. Morrison shares her concerns with American language and the American literary imagination being both characteristically white, and questions the impact of this whiteness upon American writers. In chapter 1, entitled Black Matters, Morrison centers on Willa Cather's virtually ignored novel, ‘Saphira and the Slave Girl’, claiming that the books critical point and power originates from the way that Cather describes a white mistress who exercises control over her black slave girl's body and ultimately defines herself against and within the ‘Africanist’ presence around her. Saphira convinces herself that
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