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Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction
     

Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction

by Venetria K. Patton
 

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ISBN-10: 0791443442

ISBN-13: 9780791443446

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Traces the connection between slavery and the way in which black women fiction writers depict female characters and address gender issues, particularly maternity.

Using writers such as Harriet Wilson, Frances E. W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Sherley Anne Williams, and Gayl Jones, the author highlights recurring themes and the various responses of

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Traces the connection between slavery and the way in which black women fiction writers depict female characters and address gender issues, particularly maternity.

Using writers such as Harriet Wilson, Frances E. W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Sherley Anne Williams, and Gayl Jones, the author highlights recurring themes and the various responses of black women writers to the issues of race and gender. Time and again these writers link slavery with motherhood—their depictions of black womanhood are tied to the effects of slavery and represented through the black mother. Patton shows that both the image others have of black women as well as black women’s own self image is framed and influenced by the history of slavery. This history would have us believe that female slaves were mere breeders and not mothers. However, Patton uses the mother figure as a tool to create an intriguing interdisciplinary literary analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791443446
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
SUNY series in African American Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Breeding Ground: The Degendering of Female Slaves

2. The Cult of True Womanhood and Its Revisions

3. Reclaiming True Womanhood

4. Tragic Mulattas: Inventing Black Womanhood

5. The Haunting Effects of Slavery

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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