Our third reader selected Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved (1987). She studied Morrison’s account of slavery, profound loss, and a haunting as a high school student, an undergraduate, and as a postgraduate. Each re-reading uncovered new meaning and fresh details in familiar sentences. Morrison’s poetic style and skilled presentation of alternative narratives define Beloved as a powerful and significant work of literature for this accomplished reader.
“She represented something at the time, especially when she won her Nobel Prize, that showed that this alternative literature is important, and literature telling different stories is important for the canon as well…Toni Morrison was my first introduction to reading alternative literature written by women, by people of colour, by people from different countries, and understanding what it’s like to be a part of a marginalized community.”