Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Research Sponsor

Dr Philathia Bolton

First Reader

Dr Alan Ambrisco

Second Reader

Dr Chris Buford


Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Beloved each explore issues of traumatized individuals and the effects of this trauma on their lives and the lives of those around them. An oft-overlooked piece of Morrison's work, however, is her focus on recovery from trauma and the unique presentations of these possibilities through narrative. In these selected texts, the need for a community to act, engage, and remember the trauma of individuals and collectives shine through as the key ways to move twaords the hope of recovery from traumatic events.