AP English Lit.
10 Dec. 2013
Beloved: An Annotated Bibliography
Aksak Özcan, Tanritanir, Bulent Cercis. “Beloved: Showing the Dehumanizing Effect of Slavery on Sethe.” E-dergi.atauni.edu.tr. Web. 22 Nov. 2013.
This article talks about the depiction of slavery in Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved. It goes into details about what happens in the novel to Sethe, while she is a slave, and how slavery drove her to killing her two-year old daughter. Slavery effected Sethe in such a horrendous way that she was willing to go to great lengths to make sure her children did not have to endure what she did. The psychological effect of slavery was greater than the physical effect. This source helped me understand what caused Sethe to take her daughter’s life.
Babbitt, Susan E. “Identity. Knowledge, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved: Questions about Understanding Racism.” Hypatia, Inc 9.3 (1994): 1-18. www.jstor.org. Web. 27 Nov 2013.
In this article, Susan Babbitt considered questions concerned about understanding racism, particularly the deep-rooted racism embodied in social norms and values. She believes that the questions about racism are personal and political. She also believes that feminist theories and political theories are concepts and terms that cannot be taken for granted. Drucilla Cornell suggests that women's equality requires "the acceptance of one fundamental premise, perhaps the most basic premise of feminism which is that what is called human is only too often in patriarchal culture the genre of the male, which implicitly erases the other genre of the human species: the female" (Cornell 1991, 282). Luce Irigaray suggests that if women were ever to become genuinely autonomous, this "would not fail to challenge the discourse that lays down the law today, that legislates on everything, including sexual difference, to such an extent that the existence of another sex, of another, that would be woman, still seems, in its term, unimaginable: (Whitford 1991, 132, my...