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Advisory Committee Chair

Cynthia Ryan

Advisory Committee Members

Kerry Madden-Lunsford

Jaclyn Wells

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


This thesis focused on addressing the framing of criticisms of Toni Morrison's Beloved in the state of Virginia through the context of African American Criticism and Critical Race Theory. The methodology undertaken addresses the central research question, How might African American Criticism and Critical Race Theory provide a theoretical framework for responding to recent criticisms about Beloved? The researcher approached Beloved by historicizing select passages from the novel and situating those passages and the realities they reflect in the context of criticisms waged by parents and politicians. The thesis also explained how tenets of African American Criticism and Critical Race Theory were apparent in criticisms of Beloved. Finally, the thesis utilized Edbauer’s notion of “rhetorical ecologies” to demonstrate how criticisms of Beloved, political rhetoric, police brutality, and the debate on Critical Race Theory are interrelated.



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