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Sula (1973): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Toni Morrison's Sula

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Reference Material

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Toni Morrison's Sula. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • African American Writers
  • American Diversity, American Identity: The Lives and Works of 145 Writers Who Define the American Experience
  • American Women Writers [vols 3, 5]
  • American Writers [supl 1, part 2]
  • Black American Women Fiction Writers
  • Black Literature Criticism (BLC) [vol 3]
  • Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia  [vol 2]
  • Contemporary Authors [vol 29-32]
  • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series [vols 27, 42, 67]
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 4, 10, 22, 55, 81, 87] - check under Sula in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 3]
  • Masterplots [vol 11]
  • Masterplots II: African American Literature Series  [vol 3]
  • Masterplots II: Women's Literature Series [vol 4]
  • Modern American Literature [vols 5, 6]
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 2]
  • Notable Black American Women  [bk 1]
  • Novels for Students [vol 14]
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 86] - locate the topical essay "Folklore in Literature"
    • [vol 94] - locate the topical essay "Women in Modern Literature"
    • [vol 98] - locate the topical essay "Violence in Literature"
    • [vol 110] - locate the topical essay "Magic Realism"
    • [vol 114] - locate the topical essay "Food and Literature"
    • [vol 126] - locate the "Special Commissioned Essay on African-American Folklore and Literature"

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for either:

  • Morrison, Toni
  • African American women in literature

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Toni Morrison, as well criticism and interpretation of her work.

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