Drawing on Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise, and offering a close reading of Love, this essay explores how Toni Morrison's later fiction interrogates conceptions of justice that rely on a logic of commensurability (i.e., punishment equal to the crime, redress adequate to the injury, and benefit corresponding to the desert). Commensurability-based notions of justice risk replicating slavery's logic of commodification, Morrison's fiction suggests, by reifying both victims and perpetrators as abstract categories, placeholders in a symbolic exchange, or fungible elements of an equation.


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