Toni Morrison’s writing in novels attempts to construct a communal memory for her readers and characters. Morrison herself explains in an interview with Paul Gilroy that “she writes with a specific aim in order to enlighten black people” (Gilroy 181). Morrison endeavors to reconnect present day African American readers to their historical and cultural past. Communal memory is what we find in her novels as an integral part necessary for providing historical and cultural context, but also for reversing the shame and stigma which the system of slavery has inflicted on Afro-Americans. Therefore, sharing stories and exchanging experiences with one another is a source of enrichment and healing, as we find in “Beloved” and “A Mercy.” Morrison’s perspective of communal memory can be stated as entirely cross cultural. It is a culture which is constructed from integrated and mutually influencing African and American cultural strands, which together create a new and distinct culture. This article focuses on healing made through communal memory by bearing witness to the lives of slaves which have remained untold or unremembered.
|Keywords:||Communal Memory, Retrieve, Sharing Stories, Healing|
Research Scholar, Department of English, Sathyabama University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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