Nobel Lecture 7 December 1993 pdf Summary
Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, reads the speech she delivered in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bird in hand: a metaphor for the mind and soul.
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 1998
Toni Morrison’s 1993 Nobel Lecture in Literature has a potent message for any age. It is enabling because it directs a reader toward a means of becoming accountable for the well-being of one’s own mind and soul.
The “lecture” is a tale of young people who visit an old, blind wise woman. They come with a mocking question emblematic of those whose pleasure is the discomfiture of others. Their question “Is the bird we have alive or dead?” tells her their souls are distressed. Yet she refuses to mock their condition and tells them a powerful truth. “The bird is in your hands, you know if it is alive or dead.”
They respond that there is no bird and that her reply burns their hearts. She helps them to understand that there IS a bird.
The bird may be taken to be a mind, a soul, a life. It is symptomatic of the malaise of the ’90s that people lack the courage to be accountable for their minds, souls and lives. To find the courage to inspect one’s OWN life, to imagine how OTHERS might feel, is to unearth one’s own intelligence and determination. Soul-enriching external social and internal spiritual connections are the treasure found in the discovery of the “bird.”
It does not matter if there is no bird as a physical being. There is content in a spirit that always requires courage, intelligence and imagination to nurture. The act of inward seeing, the courage to face uncertainty and the willingness to experiment in the presence of others who may or may not understand you is the “bird” that will stay alive in the mind. The act of understanding in communion with others ensures a realm where souls may feel trust.
At the end of the tale, the old woman and her visitors have made a journey on which they found the “bird’ and created a a comforting bond among themselves. That they might be “slaves” or “free” is irrelevant: their human condition allows them the conjoined energy to imagine and to create.
5.0 out of 5 stars Toni Morrison is a great teacher.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 1999
This Nobel acceptance speech is not only a masterful message about language, integrity, courage, and literature, it also happens to be one of the most powerful statements I’ve encountered about what it means to be a good teacher. Every educator should read this.
5.0 out of 5 stars She’s ALL That
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2004
Morrison as usual takes us to a place…she writes a fictious story, but it is true in all form. She encourages us to look at language. Morrison is brillant and her use of descriptive, vibrant, language not only tells us a story about language…but, has many underlining meanings. I think the old, blind, woman is Morrison writes about is…herself.
4.0 out of 5 stars Important words from a great writer
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2001
Toni Morrison delivered a fine lecture upon her acceptance of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. The lecture is dominated by a central parable: about an elderly African-American woman sage who is questioned by some young people.
This parable is a bit overdone, and I found it less than convincing by the end of the text. But the lecture as a whole is thought provoking and even inspiring. Morrison’s language is elegant and powerful, and she shares important insights. Especially important, in my opinion, are her cautionary words about the potential use of language as an oppressive force. Overall, I find Morrison’s Nobel Lecture to be a fascinating component of her larger body of work.
About Toni Morrison Author of Nobel Lecture 7 December 1993 pdf Book
Toni Morrison Author of Nobel Lecture 7 December 1993 pdf Book was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of several novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), and Love. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize. She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton University.
Nobel Lecture 7 December 1993 pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Knopf; 1st edition (March 1, 1994)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679434372
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679434375
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.11 x 0.37 x 7.19 inches
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