Toni Morrison’s Beloved: Space, Architecture, Trauma

  title={Toni Morrison’s Beloved: Space, Architecture, Trauma},
  author={Andrew Hock Soon Ng},
  pages={231 - 245}
Space is a prominent feature in Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987/1988), and whether it is literal or figurative, it compels an allegorical appreciation as to how and what it signifies. For example, 124 Bluestone is unmistakably an architecture that reifies pastness and entrapment. Here, Sethe and Denver are locked in a persistent memory that refuses to set them free. The Clearing, the backyard over which 124 Bluestone overlooks, is, as its name suggests, a place of renewal. This is where Baby… Expand


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