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481-001 Seminar in English Studies: Toni Morison’s Beloved

481-001 Seminar in English Studies: Toni Morison’s Beloved

Instructor: Roberta Maguire

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In this section of the capstone course for the major, we will focus on Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved, a neo-slave narrative published in 1987. The time of the novel shifts between the pre- and post-Civil War eras, which will require us to study those historical moments. But we will also consider when the novel was published and the discourses of that era with which Beloved engages. And we will explore the novel’s style and aesthetic dimensions, including Morrison’s use of magical realism. During the semester students will lead discussion twice, prepare occasional response papers, and developed a major seminar project that connects with our work on Beloved, in addition to completing the portfolio for the major.

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