TONI MORRISON’S BELOVED AND THE BLACK MASK OF HUMANITY

MAY 2, 9, 16, 23
6:30 – 8:30 pm

In 2006, Toni Morrison’s Beloved was selected as “the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.” Critic A.O. Scott wrote at the time that “any other outcome would have been startling, since Morrison’s novel has inserted itself into the American canon more completely than any of its potential rivals. With remarkable speed, Beloved has, less than 20 years after its publication, become a staple of the college literary curriculum, which is to say a classic.” Today, 20 years later, Beloved continues to be read and struggled with, by not only traditional students but serious readers of diverse backgrounds and experience. Given our history, it is a difficult book to confront, but more difficult to understand American culture without it. Join Ms. Onyema Nweze as she leads the class through a close reading of Morrison’s contemporary classic.