Professor Beard (Ph.D., Cornell) will be discussing Toni Morrison’s use of narrative in relation to an ancient form of monastic practice called “lectio divina.”
This practice is described as one that ” moves ‘reading’ beyond the search for knowledge to an attentive and interactive appreciation for what rests beneath the text and in our own souls. Though usually used in working with sacred texts, lectio easily adapts itself to a wide variety of meditative approaches to texts–from poems, novels, or cultural critiques to the soul-chilling daily headlines of the local newspaper. This is a method of ‘reading’ that also teaches us how to listen, with the whole self, to what a word or phrase speaks directly to or intimates about our lived experience.”
Professor Beard’s research specialization is in African American literature. She teaches courses on post-apartheid literature, literary and historical reimaginings of transatlantic slavery such as Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure.
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