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Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture (Race and American Culture)

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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--Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance--Doyle reveals that this figure haunts the openings of diverse modern novels and initiates their experimental narrative trajectories. Figures such as the slave mother in Invisible Man, Lena Grove in Light in August, Mrs. Dedalus in Ulysses, and Sethe in Beloved, Doyle shows, embody racial, sexual, and metaphysical anxieties which modern authors expose reconfigure, and attempt to surpass.

Making use of heterogeneous materials, including kinship studies, phenomenology, and histories of slavery, Bordering on the Body traces the symbolic operations of the "race mother" from Romanticism and nineteenth-century biology to eugenics and twentieth-century fiction. A breakthrough in race and gender theory, a racial reconfiguration of modernism, and a reinterpretation of discourses of nature since Romanticism, the book will engage a wide spectrum of readers in literary and cultural studies.

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Argues that many major texts of 20th-century literature revolve around the concept of the mother figure. Examining novels of the Harlem Renaissance and Modernism and drawing upon the history of eugenics and anthropology, this study shows how mother figures represent symbols of race and ethnicity.

Synopsis:

An original and striking study of a rich variety of modernisms, working with discernment and elegance at the 'compounded' intersection of race, sexualities, and gender.

About the Author

Laura Doyle teaches modern literature and culutral theory at Harvard University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195086553
Author:
Doyle, Laura Anne
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Doyle, Laura
Author:
null, Laura
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
English fiction
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | African American
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Body, human, in literature
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Race and American Culture (Paperback)
Series Volume:
84
Publication Date:
19941231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.13x6.08x.78 in. .90 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195086553 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Argues that many major texts of 20th-century literature revolve around the concept of the mother figure. Examining novels of the Harlem Renaissance and Modernism and drawing upon the history of eugenics and anthropology, this study shows how mother figures represent symbols of race and ethnicity.
"Synopsis" by , An original and striking study of a rich variety of modernisms, working with discernment and elegance at the 'compounded' intersection of race, sexualities, and gender.

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