W at is a last chapter for? Re-evaluation? Summation? The opportunity to wrap everything up neatly? Ah, closure. It is so reassuring. Like checking items off a list of projects to be completed. And

when that last item is crossed off, doesn't it feel good to sit back and see what you've done? That's it. A checklist. We are familiar now with some of the concerns shared by fiction and theory in the postmodern moment: a critique of representation, a critique of subjectivity, an awareness of intertextuality, an interrogation of received histories through counter-memory. So let's take a contemporary text, Toni Morrison's Beloved, for example, and see how it shares these postmodern concerns.