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Black Mothers and the National Body Politic

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Beschreibung

Black Mothers and the National Body Politic: The Narrative Positioning of the Black Maternal Body from the Civil War Period through the Present focuses on the struggles and triumphs of black motherhood in six works of narrative prose composed from the Civil War period through the present. Andrea Powell Wolfe examines the functioning of the black maternal body to both define and undermine ideal white womanhood; the physical scarring of the black mother and the reclamation of the black maternal body as a site of subversion and nurturance as well as erotic empowerment; and the construction of oppressive discourses surrounding black female bodies and reproduction and the development of resistance to these types of discourses. These tensions undergird a multifaceted discussion of the narrative positioning of the black maternal body within and in relationship to the national body politic, an inherently exclusionary and restrictive metaphorical entity constructed and socially contracted over time by an already politically empowered citizenry. Ultimately, close analysis of the texts under study suggests that the United States-as a figurative body complete with imagined "parts" that perform separate functions, from intelligence to labor, ingestion to expulsion-has simultaneously used and cast off the black maternal body over the course of centuries.



Autorentext

By Andrea Powell Wolfe



Inhalt

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Subordination of Embodied Power: Sentimental Representations of the Black Maternal Body in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Harriet Jacobs's Incidentsin the Life of a Slave Girl

Chapter 2: Recuperating the Body: Embodiment and Reintegration into the Black Community in Pauline Hopkins's Contending Forces and Toni Morrison's Beloved

Chapter 3: The Narrative Power of the Black Maternal Body: Resisting and Exceeding Visual Economies of Discipline in Margaret Walker's Jubilee and Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose

Chapter 4: Mapping Black Motherhood onto the Nation: Southern Legacies and National Realities in Lillian Smith's Strange Fruit and Alice Randall's The Wind Done Gone

Coda: Michelle Obama in Context

References

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Produktinformationen

Titel: Black Mothers and the National Body Politic
Untertitel: The Narrative Positioning of the Black Maternal Body from the Civil War Period through the Present
Autor:
EAN: 9781793631305
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Lexington Books
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 266
Veröffentlichung: 14.10.2020
Dateigrösse: 7.0 MB