Toni Morrison's Beloved: A Casebook

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Beloved is without a doubt the most read, most often taught, and most often written about among Toni Morrison's six novels. In this casebook of previously published essays, the editors have collected, from among dozens of excellent possibilities, what they consider to be seven of the best in the group. In addition to the essays by critics wee steeped in Morrison scholarship, the correction intrudes three additional documents: a poem by the well-known nineteenth-century writer and women's activist, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, that publicly responds to the incident in which the slave mother, Margaret Garner, murdered her third to save her from slavery-the very incident Morrison fictionalizes in her novel; a white abolitionist's trace put together from contemporaneous newspaper accounts of the murder; and in an effort to capture the small portion of the oral quality so prominent in the work, a "Conversation" among three Morrison scholars about the meaning and impact of Beloved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195107968
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
The Slave Mother: The Tale of the Ohio 21
Margaret Garner and seven others 25
Daughters Signifyin(g) History: The Example of Toni Morrison's Beloved 37
Beloved: A Spiritual 67
Toni Morrison's Beloved Re-Membering the Body as Historical Text 79
The Ghosts of Slavery: Historical Recovery in Toni Morrison's Beloved 107
Beloved: Woman, Thy Name Is Demon 127
Remodeling the Model Home in Uncle Tom's Cabin and Beloved 159
Between Presence and Absence: Beloved, Postmodernism, and Blackness 179
A Conversation on Toni Morrison's Beloved 203
Suggested Reading 221
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