Bordering on the Body : The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture download
Bordering on the Body : The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture download

Bordering on the Body : The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture.cLaura Anne Doyle
Bordering on the Body : The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture
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Author: Laura Anne Doyle
Page Count: 288 pages
Published Date: 22 Dec 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publication Country: New York, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780195086553
Download Link: Bordering on the Body The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture
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Throughout literary history, the figure of the mother has been the subject of much critical attention. While traditional studies have focused on women writers and the maternal, Laura Anne Doyle pairs literary movements not often considered together-Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance-to show how the figure of the mother haunts modern novels from their very opening pages. Figures such as the slave mother in the Prologue to Invisible Man, Lena Grove in Light in August, and Sethe in Beloved, Doyle shows, form a tradition that marks the tip of a cultural iceberg, the peaking expression of a cultural matrix at once racial and sexual, literary and scientific. Exploding the assumed persona of the mother, Doyle formulates a theory of "racial patriarchy" in which the circumspection of reproduction within racial borders engenders what she calls the "race mother" figure in literary and cultural narratives. Making use of heterogeneous materials, ranging from kinship studies to 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. This newest title in the Race and American Culture series offers a breakthrough in race and gender theory, a racial reconfiguration of modernism, and a reinterpretation of discourses of nature since Romanticism.

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