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Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize-winning African-American author.  She is known mostly for her powerful novels concerning the lives of black women. Ms. Morrison’s short story, “Recitatif,” was published in 1983.  This story deals with two women, one white, the other black, who spent time together in an orphanage as children.  Years later, the two women, now grown, try to maintain their friendship despite the racially-charged issues that continue to divide them.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Term

  • Recitatif   (Books – Exact Phrase – East Campus)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS647 .A35 C35 1993
  • PS648 .S5 B44 1992
  • PS3563 .O8749 Z653 2008

Circulating Books and Materials – A Selected List

  • Gillespie, Carmen. Critical Companion to Toni Morrison. 2008.

                     Call Number:  PS3563 .O8749 Z653 2008     *(See pages 161-164.)

  •  Major, Clarence (Editor).  Calling the Wind: Twentieth-Century African-American Short Stories. 1993.    

                     Call Number:  PS647 .A35 C35 1993    *(See pages 438-453.)

  • Reed, Ishmael (Editor).  The Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology. 1992.

                  Call Number:  PS648 .S5 B44 1992    *(See pages 445-464.)

Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism. Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o Volume 81,  page 266

  • Short Stories for Students.Call Number:  REF PN3330  .S386

o Volume 5, pages 240-260

  • Short Story Criticism.Call Number:  REF PN3321 . S5

o Volume 126, pages 3-9, 13-18, 20, 23, 27-29, 35-39

Research Databases

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega 
  • Virtual Reference Library *(Use Subject Guide Search.  Type in  Recitatif.)

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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