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Author Burrows, Victoria, 1951-

Title Whiteness and trauma : the mother-daughter knot in the fiction of Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and Toni Morrison / Victoria Burrows
Published Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004


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Description viii, 228 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction : unravelling the knot -- "The white hush between two sentences" : the traumatic ambivalence of whiteness in Wide Sargasso Sea -- Keeping history safe -- "Caught between ghosts of whiteness" : the other side of the story -- Lucy : Jamaica Kincaid's postcolonial echo -- The search for a voice -- "The sea is history" -- "Knots of death" : Toni Morrison's Sula -- Ambivalent maternal inheritances -- The "gift for metaphor" -- Conclusion : a meditation on silence
Summary "Engaging both close reading practices and dense contextualisation, Burrows examines literary texts with a combination of broad scholarship and clarity. She employs theoretical resources principally from the fields of whiteness and trauma studies and argues for the centrality of racial oppression and resistance in the shaping of narrative form and style. Her arguments for the metaphorical dimensions of racial trauma are original and contribute to a more general concern of renovating feminist literary criticism through a conscientious attentiveness to matters of race."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Bibliography: p.205-219. - Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 205-219. - Includes index
Subject Rhys, Jean, 1894-1979. Wide Sargasso Sea
Rhys, Jean, 1890-1979. Wide Sargasso Sea
Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy.
Morrison, Toni, 1931- Sula
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea
Morrison, Toni. Sula.
Women and literature -- History -- 20th century.
Women and literature -- Caribbean Area -- History -- 20th century.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Whites in literature.
Caribbean fiction (English) -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Mothers and daughters in literature.
Human skin color in literature.
Race in literature.
LC no. 2003060958
ISBN 1403921989 :
Other Titles Mother-daughter knot in the fiction of Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid, and Toni Morrison