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Author Doyle, Laura (Laura Anne)

Title Bordering on the body : the racial matrix of modern fiction and culture / Laura Doyle
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
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Description 1 online resource (268 pages)
Series Race and American culture
Race and American culture.
Contents Of race and woman : eugenics, motherhood, and racial patriarchy -- Romanticism and the race aesthetic : Scott and Wordsworth -- Reimagining materiality after romanticism : science, phenomenology, and narrative -- Swan song for the race mother : late-romantic narrative in Cane -- The parodic purge, the maternal return : late-romantic narrative in Ulysses -- Voyaging beyond the race mother : Melymbrosia and To the lighthouse -- Burning down the house : interruptive narrative in Invisible man -- "To get to a place" : intercorporeality in Beloved
Summary The figure of the mother in literature and the arts has been the subject of much recent critical attention. Whereas many studies have focused on women writers and the maternal, Laura Doyle significantly broadens the field by tracing the racial logic internal to Western representations of maternality at least since Romanticism. She formulates a theory of "racial patriarchy" in which the circumscription of reproduction within racial borders engenders what she calls the "race mother" in literary and cultural narratives. Pairing literary movements not often considered together-
Analysis English fiction By Black persons
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-261) and index
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Subject African Americans in literature.
African Americans -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Human body in literature.
Modernism (Literature) -- English-speaking countries.
Mothers in literature.
Race in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 94005456
ISBN 0195086546 (acid-free paper)
0195358759 (electronic bk.)
9780195086546 (acid-free paper)
9780195358759 (electronic bk.)