Questions of Conjure: An Examination of Feminist, Philosophical, and Sociological Implications of the Use of Rootwork in SULA

By Christy Baker.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This paper explores how Toni Morrison’s use of conjure raises cosmic questions of good and evil and proves a source of empowerment for some female characters in the novel.

Keywords: Toni Morrison, Folklore, SULA, Rootwork, Hoodoo

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.161-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.722MB).

Christy Baker

I hold a BS and MA in English from East Carolina University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. For the past six years I have taught composition and literature classes at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, where I was born and have lived for most of my life. My critical essays and poetry have been published in such journals as NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY REVIEW, PITKIN CRITICAL ARTS REVIEW, and MAINSTREET RAG. I have recently completed my first novel, WHEN THE OWLS CRY, about eighteen-year-old Luma Kane's journey from her North Carolina home to San Francisco following the tragic accident she causes that kills three strangers and unlocks Luma’s repressed memories of her mama’s suicide and her daddy’s abandonment. Ultimately, Luma must decide whether to keep running from her past, or return home, to the unconditional love of her grandmother Margaret, and finally quiet the crying owls her great-granddaddy Jesse says foreshadowed the deaths that haunt Luma. As my novel synopsis suggests, I am interested in USA Southern folklore. I am also interested in film and pop music -- both, in various ways, are significant motifs in my novel.

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