Slavery in Toni Morrison's Beloved

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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes...

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Overview

Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary, excerpts, offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737763904
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 8/3/2012
  • Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chronology 13

Chapter 1 Background on Toni Morrison

1 The Life of Toni Morrison Denise Heinze Catherine E. Lewis 18

2 Morrison Creates a Black History That Is an Essential Part of the American Dream Sture Allen 32

3 Morrison Based Beloved on a True Story Cincinnati Enquirer 36

Chapter 2 Slavery in Beloved

1 Beloved Shows How the Power of Love Helped Black People Survive Slavery Carolyn C. Denard 42

2 Morrison Uses Slave Songs to Show the Humanity of Slaves Peter J. Capuano 54

3 Racial Solidarity Is the Only Solution to Slavery and Racism Doreatha Drummond Mbalia 67

4 The Character Beloved Depicts the Loss of Cultural Identity That Occurred During Slavery Lisa Williams 76

5 An African American Identity Was Forged by Slavery Timothy L. Parrish 84

6 Slavery Robbed African Americans of Their Personal Identities Jennifer L. Holden 91

7 Beloved Exposes the Psychological Trauma Caused by Slavery J. Brooks Bouson 103

8 Morrison Examines the Divisive Impact of Racial Oppression Babacar M'Baye 117

9 Slavery Damaged the Mother-Child Relationship Wilfred D. Samuels Clenora Hudson-Weems 125

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Slavery

1 Slavery Remains a Significant Global Problem E. Benjamin Skinner, as told to Terrence McNally 137

2 US Companies Are Complicit in Modern-Day Slavery Sarah C. Pierce 146

3 It Is Possible to Eradicate Modern Slavery Kevin Bales 156

4 Human Sex Trafficking Is Big Business Rodney Hill Amanda Walker-Rodriguez 166

For Further Discussion 173

For Further Reading 175

Bibliography 177

Index 181

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