International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

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

Magic(al) Realism as Postcolonial Device in Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Mehri Razmi, Leyli Jamali

Magical realism as a dominant literary mode in Toni Morrison’s Beloved can be considered as a decolonizing agent in a postcolonial context. Morrison’s narrative in Beloved, takes the advantage of both realism and magic to challenge the assumptions of an authoritative colonialist attitude and so can be alleged as a powerful and efficient method to project the postcolonial experience of African-American ex-slaves in the Unites States. It can also provide an alternate point of view to Eurocentric accounts of reality and history to attack the solidity of Eurocentric definitions and as a consequence to portray the hidden and silenced voices of numerous enslaved generations of African-Americans in the history of United States. The present study attempts to explore magical realism’s decolonizing role in Morrison’s Beloved. In pursuing this goal it will trace the narrative and thematic strategies of magical realism that highlight the novel as an essential text of postcolonial literature.

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