IJCH 2016 Vol.2(4): 226-229 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2016.2.4.068

Mapping Postmodern in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Chuen-Shin Tai
Abstract—Beloved is Morrison’s fifth neo-slave narrative novel and indeed a triumph. The epigraph of Beloved is from the Bible, Roman 9:25 “I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which were not beloved.” Within this epigraph, Morrison claims an identity for black people that entails both pain and cure. Thus, this passage is a statement of hope for the future of black people in trying to establish their identity. Morrison calls upon the black people to form a new black body that traces the origins of their black culture and ancestors. In this novel, Morrison struggles to keep the memory of the black people alive lest it be not forgotten in their hearts. That is to say, within the work of fiction, only when characters can face the brutal past do they begin to see and live out the bright future ahead. Nonetheless, Morrison’s Beloved is truly a story to be passed on to begin for the route of healing.

Index Terms—Community, individuality, identity, postmodern, rememory.

Chuen-Shin Tai is with University Kaohsiung Campus, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan (e-mail: kellytai@g2.usc.edu.tw).

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Cite: Chuen-Shin Tai, "Mapping Postmodern in Toni Morrison’s Beloved," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 226-229, 2016.

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