Critical Essays on Toni Morrison's Beloved

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $72.34
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (1) from $72.34   
  • New (1) from $72.34   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New Book. Shipped from US within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000

Ships from: Secaucus, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by

Editorial Reviews

Collects 10 reviews of and 17 essays on Morrison's novel. Thirteen of the essays and all of the reviews were published previously, in periodicals such as The New Yorker, African American Review, and Newsweek. The essayists look at temporal defamiliarization in the novel; language, silence, and the politics of identity; corn symbolism; the Black English oral tradition; and dialogic meaning. Also included is an essay by Morrison on the opening sentences of the book. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

General Editor's Note
Publisher's Note
Haunted by Their Nightmares 39
A Gravestone of Memories 43
The Ghosts of "Sixty Million and More" 46
Death Duties: Toni Morrison Looks Back in Sorrow 47
Toni Morrison's Beloved Country: The Writer and Her Haunting Tale of Slavery 53
The Pleasure of Enchantment 59
Aunt Medea 64
A House Divided 72
Ghost Story 78
Ties That Bind 84
The Opening Sentences of Beloved 91
Nameless Ghosts: Possession and Dispossession in Beloved 93
Temporal Defamiliarization in Toni Morrison's Beloved 104
Toni Morrison's Ghost: The Beloved Who Is Not Beloved 117
Beloved: "Woman, Thy Name Is Demon" 127
"Breaking the Back of Words": Language, Silence, and the Politics of Identity in Beloved 138
The Telling of Beloved 148
Beloved: A Womanist Neo-Slave Narrative; or Multivocal Remembrances of Things Past 166
Call and Response as Critical Method: African-American Oral Traditions and Beloved 177
The Making of a Man: Dialogic Meaning in Beloved 189
Beloved and the Tyranny of the Double 205
Giving Body to the Word: The Maternal Symbolic in Toni Morrison's Beloved 211
Reading at the Cultural Interface: The Corn Symbolism of Beloved 233
The Black English Oral Tradition in Beloved: "listen to the spaces" 247
Sethe's Re-memories: The Covert Return of What is Best Forgotten 261
The Disruption of Formulaic Discourse: Writing Resistance and Truth in Beloved 272
Transfiguring the Narrative: Beloved - from Melodrama to Tragedy 284
Index 301
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)