Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015
We grow up with dreams in our eyes and songs on our lips and we discover that life is not what we thought it would be. And then, we discover nostalgia.
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
While we all look back at what used to be, not everyone remember the past the same way. Some recollect it fondly, others not quite so. For most of the African-American descendents nostalgia is not pleasure caused by remembering something from the past but is that sadness and fear they experience from remembering the past. Their nostalgia is negative, a dystopian nostalgia, that is an emotion for times which, objectively, were not the good old days. The paper aims to analyze nostalgia in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.
Toni Morrison, an African-American writer, whose fiction is noted for poetic language, emotional intensity, lush detail, and sensitive observation of American life as viewed from a variety of African-American perspective. She is the first African-American writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature in the year 1993 and also won Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for Beloved.
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