As we prepare to discuss Toni Morrison’s Beloved here are few resources for contextualizing and historicizing the novel:

–American Slave Narratives (
– Black History Month: Slave Narratives (
Born in Slavery (
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (
My Escape from Slavery (Frederick Douglass) (
The Confessions of Nat Turner (
–Testimony of the Canadian Fugitives (

In 1993, Morrison won the Noble Prize in Literature. Her lecture is a wonderful read that illuminates her writing and aesthetic practice.

In this video Toni Morrison discusses questions about race in her writing and the “white gaze”: