The Myth of Aunt Jemima: White Women Representing Black Women

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Overview

The Myth of Aunt Jemima is a bold and exciting look at the way three centuries of white women writers have tackled the subject of race in both Britain and America. Diane Roberts challenges the widely-held belief that white women writers have simply acquiesed in majority cultural inscriptions of race. The Myth of Aunt Jemima shows how 'the mythic spheres of race, of the separation of black and white into low and high, other and originary, tainted and pure, remain to trouble a society struggling still to free itself from debilitating racial representations.'
Beautifully written with a powerful series of textual readings, The Myth of Aunt Jemima pushes at the boundaries of thought around the issues of race and gender. An important and innovative book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415049191
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/7/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Uncle Tom's Cabin: An authentic ghost story 23
2 "Instigated by the Devil": The South and Harriet Beecher Stowe 55
3 Miss Wright, Mrs Trollope and Miss Martineau: or, Three British women look at American slavery 77
4 The Strange Career of Fanny Kemble 102
5 Olla Podrida America: Lydia Maria Child and radical miscegenation 127
6 Jemima and Jezebel in the New South: Twentieth-century women on race 153
Epilogue: Making the word the thing 193
Notes 196
Bibliography 215
Index 225
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