That Pale Mother Rising : Sentimental Discourses and the Imitation of Motherhood in Nineteenth Century America
"That Pale Mother Rising" concerns the persistence of essentialized motherhood in the midst of the postmodern, linking nineteenth-century sentimentalism to the American founders' understanding of the democratic social body. Using slave narratives and texts of canonical male writers not conventionally aligned with sentimentalism, Cherniavsky explores how essential motherhood paradoxically resolves into oppositional imitation.
- Paperback | 176 pages
- 140.5 x 209.3 x 12.4mm | 268.73g
- 01 Jun 1995
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
About Eva Cherniavsky
EVA CHERNIAVSKY is Assistant Professor of English and adjunct faculty in Women's Studies at Indiana University. Her articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Genders, and Discovering Difference: Contemporary Essays in American Culture.
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This book concerns the persistence of essentialized motherhood in the midst of the postmodern, linking nineteenth-century sentimentalism to the American founders' understanding of the democratic social body.
Table of contents
PREFACE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 1. The Limits of Liberal Discourse: Non/White Women of the Republic 2. Charlotte TempleOs Remains 3. Revivification and Utopian Time: Poe versus Stowe 4. Stange Coincidence: Disavowal and History in Hawthorne and Cummins 5. Your Mother Is Here: Harriet Jacobs and the Decommodification of Motherhood Postscript: Postmodern Subjectivity and Virtual Motherhood Notes Works Cited Index