Reading the Craft of Toni Morrison in “Beloved”
One of the most celebrated writers in American English and a Nobel laureate, Toni Morrison creates masterful and complicated narrative structures and employs neologisms to convey the unspeakable things unspoken through the deftness of her craft. In her novel Beloved (1987), Morrison's careful crafting of the narrative of enslaved Africans and their white enslavers begs attention from readers and writers who struggle at reading and composing narrative structures for stories about loss, violence, memory, and healing.
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Michele L. Simms-Burton is a writer and a retired university professor living in metro DC. Her recent writings appear in DownBeat, DCMTA, Auburn Avenue, and the Crisis Magazine.