Date of Thesis



My thesis is divided into three chapters that build on one another as they show different examples of absences in the historical setting of Beloved and how the characters try to find creative uses of language to overcome them. As I argue that language plays animportant role in a search for meaning, my first chapter is about specific absences of language in Beloved. My second chapter is about the many absent characters in Beloved, such as Baby Suggs' children and husband, Halle, Howard and Buglar. In my third chapter, I analyze entities that are either missing from the text, or which represent a loss to Baby Suggs, Sethe, and Denver


Beloved, absence, postmodernism, slavery, language, void, Toni Morrison

Access Type

Masters Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Carmen Renee Gillespie