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RECONSTRUCTING WOMANHOOD IN TONY MORRISON'S BELOVED

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Author(s): Setefanus Suprajitno

Journal: K@ta : a Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature
ISSN 1411-2639

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 60;
Date: 2000;
Original page

Keywords: reconstruction | womanhood | Toni Morrison | Beloved | Arfo-Amerivan.

ABSTRACT
Tony Morrison's fifth novel, Beloved (1987), explores the degradation of slavery imposed upon slaves, even when they were owned by a "humane" slave master. The novel is set in the Reconstruction period, the period after the American civil war. The word reconstruction may be used for the Afro-Americans, especially for the Afro-American women who face double discrimination for being black and women. In dealing with women's oppression, Afro-American women have to reconstruct themselves as an act of survival, and to be aware of the horrors of the experiences which their ancestors had to go through.
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