The Dead, Death, and Dying

Terrence L. Johnson

in Tragic Soul-Life

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780195383980
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199897469 | DOI:

Series: Imagining the Americas

The Dead, Death, and Dying

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Chapter Four examines the literary use of death in Du Bois’s short stories and essays, as well as in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Death is a signifier that points to the bloody consequences of antiblack racism and the price we must pay to achieve justice and freedom.

Keywords: death; beloved; Toni Morrison; religion; Jesus; slavery; memory

Chapter.  11058 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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