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A recent survey of writers and literary critics conducted by the New York Times found that Toni Morrison’s Beloved was widely considered the best work of American fiction of the past 30 years. An enthralling work of historical fiction, Beloved portrays a woman’s escape with her children from slavery and her attempts to build a life in its aftermath. In this seminar, we will read and discuss Morrison’s complex novel, placing it within the historical, social, and cultural climate of its times. At the same time, we will discuss the literary techniques used by Morrisson to explore themes like maternal and self-love, the trauma of slavery, and its effects on survivors.
Six sessions. E – $230, R – $253
Linda Levine holds an MA in English education from Northwestern University. She has taught English and humanities courses for several decades, including many seminars at the Newberry.
Toni Morrison, Beloved. Vintage Books, 2004. ISBN: 978-1400033416
There is no reading assignment for the first class.
- Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Tuesday, January 7.
- Phone registration opens at 12 pm (CST) on Wednesday, January 8.
Early registration (E) prices are in effect from January 7 at 9 am through January 24 at 4 pm. Regular registration (R) prices are in effect January 24 at 4 pm through the end of the term.
We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.
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