W&L’s Marc Conner Publishes Op-Ed Remembering Toni Morrison Conner is provost and the Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English at Washington and Lee University.
Marc Conner, provost and Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, recently published an op-ed in The Roanoke Times commemorating acclaimed author Toni Morrison’s life. In addition to the op-ed, among Conner’s published books is “The Aesthetics of Toni Morrison: Speaking the Unspeakable.”
In The Roanoke Times, Conner writes, “Toni Morrison once famously remarked, ‘I am not like James Joyce; I am not like Thomas Hardy; I am not like Faulkner. I am not like in that sense. My effort is to be like something that has probably only been fully expressed in music.’ It was an acute self-observation, not just in its truth—American literature has never seen a writer like Toni Morrison—but also in its assertion that Morrison was carving out a space for the black female writer that heretofore had not existed in American culture.”
Read the piece in its entirety here.