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Title Maternal metaphors of power in African American women's literature : from Phillis Wheatley to Toni Morrison / Geneva Cobb Moore ; foreword by Andrew Billingsley.
Author Moore, Geneva Cobb.
Publication Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2017]
Copyright date ©2017
Description xiv, 361 pages ; 24 cm
Call # 810.99287 M
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-346) and index.
Summary "Geneva Cobb Moore deftly combines literature, history, criticism, and theory in Maternal Metaphors of Power in African American Women's Literature by offering insight into the historical black experience from slavery to freedom as depicted in the literature of nine female writers across several centuries. Moore traces black women writers' creation of feminine and maternal metaphors of power in literature from the colonial era work of Phillis Wheatley to the postmodern work of Paule Marshall, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison. Through their characters Moore shows how these writers re-create the identity of black women and challenge existing rules shaping their subordinate status and behavior. Drawing on feminist, psychoanalytic, and other social science theory, Moore examines the maternal iconography and counter-hegemonic narratives by which these writers responded to oppressive conventions of race, gender, and authority. Moore grounds her account in studies of Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Jacobs, Charlotte Forten Grimké, Jessie Fauset, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston. All these authors, she contends, wrote against invisibility and powerlessness by developing and cultivating a personal voice and an individual story of vulnerability, nurturing capacity, and agency that confounded prevailing notions of race and gender and called into question moral reform. In these nine writers' construction of feminine images--real and symbolic--Moore finds a shared sense of the historically significant role of black women in the liberation struggle during slavery, the Jim Crow period, and beyond."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: Signs of regeneration in African American women's literature -- Part 1: Slavery and abolitionism, freedom and Jim Crow America. Phillis Wheatley's seminaked body as symbol and metaphor ; Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the life of a slave girl : a Freudian reading of neurotic and sexed bodies ; The maternal ideal : the journals of Charlotte Forten Grimke ; Antiblack aesthetics : Jessie Fauset, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jim Crow America -- Part 2: A conflation of history, past and present. Maternal imprinting : Paule Marshall and the mother-daughter dyad ; The phallic maternal : Alice Walker's novels of archetypal symbolism ; Bodily evidence : Toni Morrison's demonic parody of racism and slavery -- Afterword.
Subject American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
African American women in literature.
Power (Social sciences) in literature.
Motherhood in literature.
African American women in literature. (OCoLC)fst00799498
American literature -- African American authors. (OCoLC)fst00807114
American literature -- Women authors. (OCoLC)fst00807271
Motherhood in literature. (OCoLC)fst01026934
Power (Social sciences) in literature. (OCoLC)fst01074235
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Addl. Author Billingsley, Andrew.
Related To Online version: Moore, Geneva Cobb, author. Maternal metaphors of power in African American women's literature Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2017] 9781611177497 (DLC) 2017018486
ISBN 9781611177480 (hardback) :
1611177480 (hardback)

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