Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby: An Ecocolonial Reading

In her novel Tar Baby, Toni Morrison writes that “No man should live without absorbing the sins of his kind” (243), noting that “the foul air of [man’s] innocence” has wilted the “rows of angel trumpets and cause[d] them to fall from their vines” (243).  Though the novel explores the complexities of the construct of race, […]

“The Negro Speaks of Rivers”: Langston Hughes and Ecocolonial Poetry

  In his monograph Black Sin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon notes the many ways in which the descendants of Africa have been linked with the natural realm, often in a disparaging manner. He writes that they have been referred to as beasts, or have been identified as “the missing link between the ape and man” […]