Beloved Character Studies

by Nancy J. Peterson

Part of the Character Studies Series

Beloved Character Studies Synopsis

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.

Beloved Character Studies Press Reviews

[Nancy J. Peterson] engages anew with the novel's historical depth and, often underestimated, philosophical intensity. Her inspired and inspiring readings of Beloved from a variety of important critical perspectives persistently demonstrate how and why this novel changed the nature of African American discourse. Linden Peach, Professor of English, Edge Hill University, Liverpool A splendid meditation on the creative genius of one of America's most treasured writers. Peterson not only taps into the dynamic literary and cultural currents that shore up the richly textured layers of the novel. She synonymously reveals Morrison's ability to challenge the reader to move beyond his or her comfort zone. Dr. Carol E Henderson, Associate Professor of English, University of Delaware 'Nancy J. Peterson adroitly guides us through the twenty years of scholarship that Beloved , one of the most read and written about novels in the history of American literature, has attracted. She engages anew with the novel's historical depth and, often underestimated, philosophical intensity. Her inspired and inspiring readings of Beloved from a variety of important critical perspectives persistently demonstrate how and why this novel changed the nature of African American discourse.' Linden Peach, Professor of English, Edge Hill University, UK.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826495747
Publication date: 21st February 2008
Author: Nancy J. Peterson
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 160 pages
Categories: Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

About Nancy J. Peterson

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).

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