In 2019 the world lost one of its most popular and respected authors, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison (1931-2019), who Canadian author Dionne Brand called “the greatest writer in English of the 20th century.” This course will introduce students to Morrison’s oeuvre, focusing in particular on her “Beloved” trilogy of novels (Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise). Along with analyses of Morrison’s fiction, the course will also engage with the author’s broader influence on popular culture, including her long-standing relationship with Oprah Winfrey. The course will also discuss a variety of recurring themes across Morrison’s work, including her unique use of narrative and literary technique to explore black female experience, memory, community, violence, and the idea of literature as a form of redemption.
Jared McGeough (PhD, Western Ontario) has taught a variety of courses in Canadian, Romantic, Victorian, and Edwardian literature at Concordia (Montreal), the University of Regina, and ELLA. Current projects include editing digital editions of 19th-century author William Godwin’s educational books for children, and a biography of his father, former NHL referee Mick McGeough.