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|Event:||SS-11* Reading 'Beloved' Together|
|Dates:||4/8, 4/15, 4/22|
|Time:||10:30 to 11:30|
|Presenter:||Jane Barstow, Professor Emerita, University of Hartford|
|Appreciation of Toni Morrison's magnificent achievement requires contributions from as many readers and perspectives as possible. We begin with a review of the personal and artistic apprenticeship that prepared Morrison to write Beloved and a close reading of its first 60 pages. We next focus on the novel's dramatic core: the reincarnated Beloved's relationships with Sethe, Paul D, and Denver in the context of slavery's most horrific scars and a community's efforts at healing. Finally, we consider where Morrison finds hope, even humor in the tragic tale she tells, and the novel's lasting significance as understood by all readers. Size Limit: 20|