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NEA Big Read 2022

NEA Big Read: Virtual Book Discussion of Beloved for Adults with Dana A. Williams

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2 Sessions: 6/11 & 6/25 Saturdays, 1:00 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT June 11 to June 25, 2022

Online via Zoom

This group has reached its capacity. To join the waitlist, please email erich@centerforfiction.org.

A copy of Beloved will be shipped to the address provided at checkout and a Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants.


Toni Morrison’s Beloved reflects a wide range of concerns in the American imagination. Morrison asks us to reimagine the telling of history from the perspective of the subjects under study. Its adaptation from novel to film and opera encourage us to think about the complications of genre and medium in telling certain stories. Its place/role as a point of controversy for recent censorship arguments reminds us that the defense of an open canon is ever present. In this reading group, we will pay attention to the literary achievement of Beloved in the first workshop and then explore select commentary and articles around the novel in the second workshop.

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  • Dana Williams

    Dana A. Williams

    Dana A. Williams

    Dana A. Williams is Professor of African American Literature and Dean of the Graduate School at Howard University. She is president of the Toni Morrison Society and 2nd Vice-President of the Modern Languages Association. She serves as a member of the advisory board for the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.