International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Towards a Reconstruction of African American Identity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Hajer Ayadi

This essay presents Toni Morrison’s Beloved as a platform through which Derrida’s deconstruction could be used to assert the Black identity and illuminate his/her presence. Beloved shows the way the African American identity could be reconstructed through its own cultural heritage and social structure. It makes a connection between history and personal and cultural memories. In this sense, healing of memories is the first step needed to self-identification.

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