Focus: Seriously, who/what is Beloved?
1. Warming up: Trying out a few alternative interpretations of Beloved
MAKE ME GIVE THINGS BACK TO YOU.
a. Beloved is the ghost of Sethe's murdered child.
b. Beloved is an actual girl, not a ghost; until her escape, she was long abused by white men. Sethe welcomes her as own her child to ease her own guilt and to fill the hole left behind by the true Beloved.
c. Beloved is a symbol of any and every escaped slave.
d. Beloved is a vampire.
(If you recall, Foster states that vampires are about "selfishness, exploitation, a refusal to respect the autonomy of other people...the figure of the cannibal, the vampire, the succubus, the spook announces itself again and again where someone grows in strength by weakening someone else" [16, 21]).
2. Enjoying a Socratic on Beloved, Part 2, Chapter 1
3. Wrapping up
1. If you have a quilt, please bring it to class tomorrow (we'll take good care of it, and you won't have to leave it here or anything).
2. Because of the critical review, we will not be discussing Beloved for a week. By next Wednesday, you will need to finish all of Part 2. I will warn you that the next few chapters are structurally experimental (aka, tough to understand).
3. Friday will be draft day: If you have a draft going, you'll get more out of the editing. However, if you're stuck, use Friday simply to start.
4. I'm extending the due date of your next poetry response since you already have a big essay due Monday. You may have all the way until next Tuesday, Feb 17 to complete this poetry response.