Toni Morrison’s /Beloved/ and the American Gothic

Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Friday, February 26, 2010

Although originating in Britain, the gothic has taken root in American literature with fiction that explores the dark and hidden sides of human culture, creating worlds teeming with the buried, the undead, the supernatural, the forbidden, the demonic, and the grotesque. This seminar focuses on Toni Morrison’s novel /Beloved/ in order to explore the unique characteristics and concerns of the American gothic. Seminar particpants will think about the way the novel uses the gothic to “re-member” history, and examine the conceptual underpinnings of this genre: the return of the repressed; anxiety over bodily and cultural boundaries; excess and transgression; the monstrous other/self, and ambivalence.

Seminar led by Ann Brigham, Roosevelt University

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