Resources

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

–American Slave Narratives (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html)
–Ancestry.com Black History Month: Slave Narratives (http://www.ancestry.com/home/celebrate/blackhistory.htm)
Born in Slavery (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (http://digilib.nypl.org/dynaweb/digs/wwm97255/)
My Escape from Slavery (Frederick Douglass) (http://www.toptags.com/aama/books/book11.htm)
The Confessions of Nat Turner (http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1826-1850/slavery/confesxx.htm)
–Testimony of the Canadian Fugitives (http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/1826-1850/slavery/fugitxx.htm)

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”: