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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 1 online resource (viii, 228 pages)
Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Unravelling the Knot -- 'The White Hush Between Two Sentences': The Traumatic Ambivalence of Whiteness in Jean Rhys's 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' -- A Meditation on Silence -- Bibliography -- Index
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 This book is a work of intellectual maturity and ethical integrity. Focused thematically on the 'mother-daughter knot' that structures the fiction of Morrison, Rhys and Kincaid, this study transforms the literary critical enterprise into one of relevance to contemporary cultural and feminist studies. 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
Analysis Litteratur Engelsk, amerikansk litteratur
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-219) and index
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Subject Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy.
Morrison, Toni. Sula.
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea
Caribbean fiction (English) -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Human skin color in literature.
Mothers and daughters in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Race in literature.
Whites in literature.
Women and literature -- Caribbean Area -- History -- 20th century.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 0230005799