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`Can't nothing heal without pain': healing in Toni Morrison's Beloved

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dc.contributor.advisor Ryan, P. (Prof.) en
dc.contributor.author Du Plooy, Belinda en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:48:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:48:43Z
dc.date.issued 2004-01
dc.date.submitted 2004-01-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/1001
dc.description.abstract Toni Morrison reinterprets and reconstitutes American history by placing the lives, stories and experiences of African Americans in a position of centrality, while relegating white American history and cultural traditions to the margins of her narratives. She rewrites American history from an alternative - African American woman's - perspective, and subverts the accepted racist and patriarchally inspired `truths' about life, love and women's experiences through her sympathetic depiction of murderous mother love and complex female relationships in Beloved. She writes about oppression, pain and suffering, and of the need for the acknowledgement and alleviation of the various forms of oppression that scar human existence. Morrison's engagement with healing in Beloved forms the central focus of this short dissertation. The novel is analysed in relation to Mary Douglas's `Two Bodies' theory, John Caputo's ideas on progressive Foucaultian hermeneutics and healing gestures, and Julia Martin's thoughts on alternative healing practices based on non-dualism and interconnectedness. Within this interdisciplinary context, Beloved is read as a `small start' to `creative engagement' with alternative healing practices (Martin, 1996:104). en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (94 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Healing en
dc.subject American chattel slavery en
dc.subject Historical embodiment en
dc.subject Healing practices en
dc.subject Maternal infanticide en
dc.subject Non-dualism en
dc.subject Foucaultian hermeneutics en
dc.subject Two Bodies en
dc.subject Mary Douglas en
dc.subject John Caputo en
dc.subject Michel Foucault en
dc.subject Toni Morrison en
dc.subject Beloved en
dc.subject.ddc 813.54
dc.subject.lcsh Morrison, Toni -- Beloved
dc.subject.lcsh Douglas, Mary
dc.subject.lcsh Healing in literature
dc.title `Can't nothing heal without pain': healing in Toni Morrison's Beloved en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department English en
dc.description.degree M.A. en


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