To introduce the context of production and the relation of the novel with other texts: African American literature and post-slavery narratives.
To provide A level Literature teachers with useful tools for the analysis of the novel.
To discuss possible ways of facilitating students' reading and interpretations of the text.
To share ways of approaching the text in class with engaging activities.
To reflect upon the importance of historical and social awareness.
African American literature and the legacy of slavery.
Post-slavery narratives and the reconstruction era.
Themes of memory, trauma, and identity in Beloved.
The supernatural and folklore elements in the novel.
Narrative techniques and structure in the novel.
Exploring themes of motherhood and family.
Presentation and discussion of key themes and issues in Beloved.
Participants will be provided with supplementary materials to enhance students' understanding of and engagement with the novel.
Sharing of teaching strategies and activities that promote critical thinking and analysis.
Exploration of relevant passages and discussions on interpretation.
Reflection on the novel's significance in the African American literary canon.
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Gates Jr., Henry Louis, The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism. USA, Oxford University Press, 1988.
Lutz, Tom, and Susana M. Morris (eds.), Toni Morrison: Memory and Meaning. USA, University Press of Mississippi, 2014.
Morrison, Toni, Beloved. USA, Vintage Books, 2004.