Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’

Cardiff BookTalk is marking Black History Month this year with a special event on Tuesday 29th October exploring Beloved by Toni Morrison. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and Morrison’s most famous work, this novel is dedicated to the ‘Sixty Million and more’ Africans and their descendants who died as a result of the slave trade. It offers landmark depiction of slavery and an astute investigation of its legacy in America’s national consciousness.

Toni Morrison (18th February 1931 – 5th August 2019) was a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, essayist, and political activist. Her passing earlier this year has prompted many to pay tribute to her and to reconsider the continued relevance of her work to our current historical moment. We hope to continue this project and we have the great privilege of welcoming two expert speakers to begin our discussion of Morrison’s book:

Susan Cousins: Councillor, Author, and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Project Officer (Cardiff University), whose latest book, Overcoming Everyday Racism: Building Resilience and Wellbeing in the Face of Discrimination and Microaggressions, explores how best to promote wellbeing of persons from marginalized groups and, specifically, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in a white majority culture. Cousins will draw on her therapeutic work and research to guide us in thinking about Beloved’s account of trauma, its effects, and its message.

Carl Plasa is a Professor of English Literature in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University. He has written numerous essays and articles on British, American, Caribbean and African American Literature produced between the early eighteenth century and the present day, as well as three monographs: Slaves to Sweetness: British and Caribbean Literatures of Sugar (Liverpool UP, 2009); Charlotte Brontë (Palgrave, 2004); and Textual Politics from Slavery to Postcolonialism: Race and Identification (Macmillan, 2000).

The event take place in our usual home at the School of Optomtetry on 29 October. Please join us for coffee and buiscuits from 6.15pm. The event is free, but we advise booking your place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cardiff-booktalk-toni-morrisons-beloved-tickets-59817116606

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