Toni Morrisons Beloved: A Casebook

Paperback | April 8, 1999

EditorWilliam L. Andrews, Nellie Y. McKay

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these worksthat have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide,for the first time, an accessible forum in which readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray. This casebook to Morrison's classic novel presents seven essays that represent the best in contemporary criticism of the book. In addition, the book includes a poem and an abolitionist's tract published after a slave named Margaret Garner killed her child to save her from slavery--the very incidentMorrison fictionalizes in Beloved.

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The best known among Toni Morrison’s novels, Beloved is a literary treasure. It fictionalizes the story of Margaret Garner, a woman who killed her child to keep her from slavery. In this casebook, seven essays provide contemporary criticism of the work. Also, the transcript of a conversation between three Morrison scholars uncovers the...

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these worksthat have so recently become central components...

William L. Andrews is at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Nellie Y. McKay is at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.79 inPublished:April 8, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Nellie Y. McKay: IntroductionFrances Ellen Watkins Harper: The Slave Mother: The Tale of the OhioSamuel J. May: Margaret Garner and seven othersKarla F.C. Holloway: Daughters Signifyin(g) History: The Example of Toni Morrison's BelovedMae G. Henderson: Toni Morrison's Beloved: Re-Membering the Body as Historical TextLinda Krumholz: The Ghosts of Slavery: Historical Recovery in Toni Morrison's BelovedTrudier Harris: Beloved: Woman, Thy Name is DemonLori Askeland: Remodeling the Model Home in Uncle Tom's Cabin and BelovedRafael Perez-Torres: Between Presence and Absence: Beloved, Postmodernism, and BlacknessBarbara Christian, Deborah McDowell, and Nellie Y. McKay: A Conversation on Toni Morrison's BelovedSuggested Reading

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The best known among Toni Morrison’s novels, Beloved is a literary treasure. It fictionalizes the story of Margaret Garner, a woman who killed her child to keep her from slavery. In this casebook, seven essays provide contemporary criticism of the work. Also, the transcript of a conversation between three Morrison scholars uncovers the tremendous impact of Morrison’s book.

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Casebooks in Contemporary Fiction: General Editor: Williams L. Andrews With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these works that have so recentlybecome central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide, for the first time, anaccessible forum in which readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray.