Slavery in Toni Morrison's Beloved

Slavery in Toni Morrison's Beloved

by Dedria Bryfonski


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737763904
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 08/03/2012
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

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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