Toni Morrison's novel Jazz wrestles with the problem of romantic love and desire. Using the framework of a violent, adulterous love affair, Jazz dramatizes the displacement of the female self in romantic love. Morrison's story shows that while romantic love is a desire for mutual recognition and must allow for sameness and difference to coexist simultaneously, in a social system where difference privileges domination by gender and race, female desire is displaced, even destroyed.
Loris, Michelle C.
"Self and Mutuality: Romantic Love, Desire, Race, and Gender in Toni Morrison's Jazz,"
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