Mueller, Stefanie (2014):
"Standing Up to Words: Writing and Resistance in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy." Slavery Revisited. Special issue of Black Studies Papers 1.1: 73-89.
Journal Article

In Toni Morrison’s A Mercy, the protagonist represents both the historical and the contemporary African American author. As Mueller argues, her act of carving words into walls can be read as an act of resistance against the historical silencing of the black voice as well as politically against symbolic violence exercised through language.