This thesis aims to explore and evaluate the traumatic space of Denver in Toni Morrison's Beloved. Currently, a lack of critical discourse exists to link together Denver, trauma, and theories of spatiality. This thesis evaluates three types of trauma that inform and develop Denver's traumatic space: direct, indirect, and insidious trauma. Paired with spatial theories, the origins of Denver's trauma are mapped throughout the various places of the novel. The result of this analysis reveals a complex and layered traumatic space, with lasting ramifications on Denver's sense of safety, identity, and stability in a post-slavery United States.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Dick, Tyler, "Spiteful Houses, Sweet Homes: Analyzing Denver's Traumatic Space in Beloved" (2019). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 484.