African American Humanities

African American Humanities

For this Discussion I would like you to watch the film Beloved (available on Prime Video, Roku, and Netflix) and discuss some of the ways Toni Morrison drew on elements from history and culture as inspiration in this story. Refer to the attached article and try to address the questions below in your initial post.

1. How are Ralph Ellison’s and Amiri Baraka’s ideas about the need for African American writers to embrace the traumas of African American experience addressed in the story of Beloved?
2. Did Toni Morrison go “to the Bottoms” and look into “the black hole” to turn Sethe’s life into a commentary on the traumatic experiences of Black women?
3. Provide references to the interview of Toni Morrison in the documentary film that accompanies this Lesson to support your responses.

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