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American Literature (2016) 88 (3): 477–507.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Meina Yates-Richard Abstract Building on black women’s critical negotiations of black nationalist discourse, this essay names the matrix of black maternal sounds, songs, and approximated womb-spaces as the site of production for black nationalist ideologies and black male identity. Listening...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (1): 57–89.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Emily Hainze Abstract This essay explores the 1907–11 Child-Rescue Campaign run by the Delineator , a fashion magazine for women edited by Theodore Dreiser. I argue that the campaign mobilized social science to reconceptualize maternity as based in affective expertise rather than biological...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (2): 331–355.
Published: 01 June 2022
... divinity of maternal care. Through Jacobs’s and Long Soldier’s discussions of holy maternal care, we can recognize the interrelation of Black and Indigenous freedom struggles in a way that’s not solely defined by shared subjugation. hmanshel@hawaii.edu Copyright © 2022 by Duke University Press...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (3): 583–609.
Published: 01 September 2008
... have been scarred by maternal abandonment, suicide, or early death. Joe and Violet share an object relation with Golden Gray, the white-raised son of Hunter's Hunter who is present at Joe's birth. Golden is also the boy who haunts Violet's childhood, as True Belle tells Violet stories about him when...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 691–719.
Published: 01 December 2019
...’ ability to consent and dissent in early New England and an unexpected orientation toward choice in early American literature. Rogers and his contemporaries engaged the conventions of the early modern criminal narrative to organize the chaos of maternal tragedy according to fictions of choice...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (2): 227–253.
Published: 01 June 2021
... as well as in an emphasis on futurity—all grounded in the maternal. ahodge@go.olemiss.edu Copyright © 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 William Faulkner gender gothic Hawai‘i plantation For more than a decade, proponents of new southern studies have explored the US South...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (4): 799–830.
Published: 01 December 2008
... as biological process, and wary of entanglement in popular associations of women's nature work with maternal sentiment and feminine virtue, Stein and Cather sought to modernize their “feel for mother earth” by rewriting it in unsentimental and authoritatively modern terms. To that end, both writers adapted...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (4): 859–885.
Published: 01 December 2002
... of hyperreproductive and socially vampiristic black maternity.10 How she secures her claim to natural maternity is a story of twin contracts: with the fertility clinic that offered technological assistance for genetic reproduction and with the state that sanctioned and naturalized, via the patriarchal marriage...
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American Literature (2008) 80 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 March 2008
...—of Stowe’s vision of an active moral excellence and Ameri- can civic engagement. After pages of disappointment and heartache, Stowe presents her readers with a figure who adapts republican ideals of maternity and civic virtue, a figure I have dubbed the Republican   American Literature Mammy...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 March 2004
... genres. Both A Love Token for Children (1838) and Stories for Young Persons (1841) presented short moral stories designed for maternal home teaching of middle-class children. Means and Ends, or Self-Training (1839), Morals and Manners, or, Hints for Our Young People (1846), and Facts and Fancies...
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American Literature (2020) 92 (1): 33–59.
Published: 01 March 2020
...) has argued, “The bond that bears the most weight in the sentimental text is . . . that between mother and child.” That bond exists outside market forces, outside gender, outside age; maternal love “does signify freedom in sentimental discourse, and it does so because it is nonutilitarian ” (199...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (4): 873–874.
Published: 01 December 2000
... and maternity by the text’s end. In chapter 1, ‘‘The Breeding Ground while Patton makes a distinction between sex and gender and successfully argues that black females were not ‘‘women’’ by European standards, their African...
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American Literature (2005) 77 (1): 206–208.
Published: 01 March 2005
... theoretical con- tribution, given the scads of post-Freudian attention already given to love between women in women’s texts over the last few decades (and, as Juhasz notes, the growing skepticism of maternal metaphors for lesbianism). I will 208 American Literature say that the discussion of lesbian...
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American Literature (2001) 73 (4): 811–835.
Published: 01 December 2001
... this ‘‘deep sus- picion and rancor toward women’’ as the source of ‘‘the larger prob- lems in the book we might instead ask how Jerusalem imagines the larger social and psychological problem of misogyny, particularly cul- tural fears about maternity and female sexuality. Deborah Clarke’s important work...
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American Literature (2018) 90 (4): 882–890.
Published: 01 December 2018
... Alexie represent the culmination of the revolutionary poetic tradition that she calls “the American Strain.” Throughout, the book asserts that the US poetic canon embodies larger debates about the literary canon and, by extension, about national culture. Mama’s Gun: Black Maternal Figures...
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American Literature (2006) 78 (3): 519–548.
Published: 01 September 2006
... own era, that female maternal capacities themselves take the form of a biological clock. In countless magazine articles, a woman, usually a ‘‘career woman is portrayed as hearing a time- bomb-like ticking deep within, reminding her of the shortened time available to marry and, in particular...
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American Literature (2009) 81 (1): 7–34.
Published: 01 March 2009
... the sentimental rhetoric of “slave maternity,” better understood as the reproduction of property in the guise of social reproduction, to support a proslavery argument. Such a moral discourse of mother love in Slater’s defense corresponded with a developmental narrative of white guardianship over...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 461–488.
Published: 01 September 2010
... then lived as a servant.” As Groves describes her tear- strewn walk about the grave, she shifts into a decidedly maternal tone: The God, who reigns above the sky, And bids your body here to lie, Commands me here on earth to stay; But soon will bear me hence away. I’d fondly nurse thee in my...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (2): 251–285.
Published: 01 June 2002
... as if about to give the kiss her lips were already pouting for; the expres- sion of grave maternal dignity and love; but in the child’s uplifted deep blue eye there was a perfect heaven of affection, while the little mouth was parted, it might be either for a kiss or a smile, ready for both.1...
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American Literature (2000) 72 (4): 872–873.
Published: 01 December 2000
... genders that she begins with fall prey to universal notions of motherhood and maternity by the text’s end. In chapter 1, ‘‘The Breeding Ground while Patton makes a distinction between sex and gender and successfully argues...