“I Know How to Write Forever”: Toni Morrison and Fiction as Being in the World

“I emphasize her vocation as a fiction writer, not to diminish her other accomplishments, but rather to make her title of “novelist” ring with the versatility and power of the work she has done. Morrison’s work as a fiction writer elevates a genre that is often dismissed as frivolous to a site of testimony. Her work testifies to realities of racism and institutional oppression that cut through the everyday lives of Black Americans, even now. “