Rebecca Potter, Ph.D.
Centered on Toni Morrison's Beloved and her process of writing the novel, this thesis links the crossing of a river, the birthing of a child, and the creation of a text. By drawing upon theories of composition, motherhood, and genre theory, this exploration of Beloved balances discussion of writing process, genre, and textual analysis. Buttressed by a complimentary text, Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, the connection between creation of identity and body through the gestation period and birthing of a text is reflected in Morrison’s own process. The revolutionary splash Beloved made in the field of literary scholarship—and Morrison’s success as a novelist and a scholar—demonstrates the significance and necessity of subverting expectations and crossing when undergoing or performing a birthing/writing process.
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English Language and Literature
Hall, Julia K., "Murky Water, Fluid, and The Borderlands of Language: An Exploration of Toni Morrison’s Beloved" (2018). Honors Theses. 159.