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Executing race : early American women's narratives of race, society, and the law / Sharon M. Harris.

By: Harris, Sharon M.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2005Description: x, 240 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0814209750 (alk. paper); 9780814209752 (alk. paper); 0814251315 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780814251317 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0814290523 (cd); 9780814290521 (cd).Other title: Early American women's narratives of race, society, and the law.Subject(s): American prose literature -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- History and criticism | American prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 18th century | Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 18th century | United States -- Race relations -- History -- 18th century | American literature -- 1783-1850 -- History and criticism | Narration (Rhetoric) -- History -- 19th century | Law and literature -- History -- 18th century | Women -- United States -- Intellectual life | Social problems in literature | Race in literature | Law in literatureAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Executing race.DDC classification: 818/.108099287 Also issued online.
Contents:
Executing race : infanticide narratives -- Belinda : the politics of petitions -- Posthumous constructions : the writings of Ann Eliza Bleecker -- Margaretta Bleecker Faugeres : a post-revolutionary "freedom of mind" -- Lost boundaries : carnivalizing race and sexuality in Tabitha Tenney's Female Quixotism -- Lucy Terry : a life of radical resistance -- Appendix : Lucy Terry's obituary.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-226) and index.

Executing race : infanticide narratives -- Belinda : the politics of petitions -- Posthumous constructions : the writings of Ann Eliza Bleecker -- Margaretta Bleecker Faugeres : a post-revolutionary "freedom of mind" -- Lost boundaries : carnivalizing race and sexuality in Tabitha Tenney's Female Quixotism -- Lucy Terry : a life of radical resistance -- Appendix : Lucy Terry's obituary.

Also issued online.

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Harris (Texas Christian Univ.) has taken a historical approach to literature in her previous work, and here she focuses on 18th-century texts usually considered extra-literary: memoirs, captivity narratives, court records, infanticide narratives in sermons and newspapers. In the first chapter she looks at changing views of infanticide and infanticide narratives and argues persuasively that they reflect evolving ideas of race, class, and gender in pre-Revolutionary, Revolutionary, and post-Revolutionary America. Subsequent chapters examine texts through the same periods, revealing narrative as a means for women to resist male legal and political domination. Harris ably demonstrates, for example, that Ann Eliza Bleecker's captivity narrative The History of Maria Kittle (1790-1) is an expression both of the author's marginalization because of her gender and of the class and race prejudices she carried as a member of a privileged socioeconomic class. This is a duality Harris also observes in the work of Tabitha Tenney. Harris points out that Margaretta Bleecker Faugeres's writing is more radical and egalitarian, although as a woman she also stood outside the official conversation on what forms democracy and equality in the new nation would take. Works by Lucy Terry and the freedwoman Belinda are also examined. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. C. A. Bily Adrian College

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