"Beloved": Character Studies (Character Studies)

"Beloved": Character Studies (Character Studies)

By: Nancy J. Peterson (author)Paperback

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"Beloved" won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1987, which led up to Toni Morrison's winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 and is the most-often taught novel by Morrison. It is a rich text, as well as a difficult one, in need of a student guide that can help undergraduates not only to understand the story but to develop sophisticated skills of critical analysis. Students who grapple successfully with "Beloved's" characters will also gain valuable insight into the major themes of the novel, Morrison's intricate narrative strategies, African American history and culture, and theories useful for interpreting literature.Character Studies aims to promote sophisticated literary analysis through the concept of character. It demonstrates the necessity of linking character analysis to texts' themes, issues and ideas, and encourages students to embrace the complexity of literary characters and the texts in which they appear. The series thus fosters close critical reading and evidence-based discussion, as well as an engagement with historical context, and with literary criticism and theory.

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Nancy J. Peterson is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue University, USA. She is Associate Editor of Modern Fiction Studies and Editor of Toni Morrison: Critical and Theoretical Approaches (John Hopkins UP).


Series Editor's Preface; 1. Introduction: An Overview of Beloved; 2. History and Beloved; 3. Mothers and Daughters in the Novel; 4. The Uncanny Presence of Beloved; 5. Reconstructing Black Manhood; 6. Whitefolks and Whiteness in Beloved; 7. Conclusion: Through the Characters to the Key Themes and Issues; 8. Bibliography of Further Reading; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/02/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780826495754
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9780826495754
  • weight: 172
  • ISBN10: 0826495753

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