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Traces the connection between slavery and the way in which black women fiction writers depict female characters and address gender issues, particularly maternity. Using writers such as Harriet Wilson, Frances E. W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Sherley Anne Williams, and Gayl Jones, the author highlights recurring themes and the various responses of black women writers to the issues of race and gender. Time and again these writers link slavery with motherhood—their depictions of black womanhood are tied to the effects of slavery and represented through the black mother. Patton shows that both the image others have of black women as well as black women’s own self image is framed and influenced by the history of slavery. This history would have us believe that female slaves were mere breeders and not mothers. However, Patton uses the mother figure as a tool to create an intriguing interdisciplinary literary analysis.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. WOMEN IN CHAINS
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. 1. The Breeding Ground: The Degendering of Female Slaves
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 2. The Cult of True Womanhood and Its Revisions
  2. pp. 29-52
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  1. 3. Reclaiming True Womanhood
  2. pp. 53-92
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  1. 4. Tragic Mulattas: Inventing Black Womanhood
  2. pp. 93-120
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  1. 5. The Haunting Effects of Slavery
  2. pp. 121-148
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 151-174
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 175-186
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 187-194
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438415611
Related ISBN(s)
9780791443439
MARC Record
OCLC
45728438
Pages
194
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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