Southern mothers : fact and fictions in Southern women's writing / edited by Nagueyalti Warren and Sally Wolff ; with a foreword by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese.

Contributor(s): Warren, Nagueyalti | Wolff, SallyMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Southern literary studies: Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1999Description: xviii, 233 p. ; 22 cmISBN: 0807124001 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807124000 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807125083 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780807125083 (pbk. : alk. paper)Subject(s): American fiction -- Southern States -- History and criticism | Mothers in literature | American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Women -- Southern States -- Intellectual life | Women and literature -- Southern States | Mothers and daughters in literature | Southern States -- In literature | Motherhood in literatureDDC classification: 813.009/3520431 LOC classification: PS374.M547 | S68 1999Other classification: HU 1812
Contents:
Mothers and daughters : the tie that binds / Elizabeth Fox-Genovese -- Introduction / Nagueyalti Warren and Sally Wolff -- Hearing my mad mother's voices / Minrose Gwin -- "Following the condition of the mother" : subversions of domesticity in Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the life of a slave girl / Caroline Levander -- Mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers : the maternal tradition in Margaret Walker's Jubilee / Betty Taylor-Thompson and Gladys Washington -- Kate Chopin's motherless heroine / Virginia Ross -- "White mamma ... black mammy" : replacing the absent mother in the works of Ruth McEnery Stuart / Joan Wylie Hall -- The old order undermined : daughters, mothers, and grandmothers in Katherine Anne Porter's Miranda tales / Mary Ann Wimsatt -- What ever happened to Jochebed? Motherhood as marginality in Zora Neale Hurston's Seraph on the Suwanee / Carol P. Marsh-Lockett -- The waste land women of The wave / Lucinda H. MacKethan -- "I have not wallowed" : Flannery O'Connnor's working mothers / Cindy Beringer -- Mothers, daughters, and The golden apples / Helen Hurt Tiegreen -- The separate self : identity and tradition in the fiction of Gail Godwin and Ellen Glasgow / Kathryn Lee Seidel -- "Everyday use" and Incidents in the life a slave girl : escaping antebellum confinement / Charles E. Wilson, Jr. -- Resistant mothers in Alice Walker's Meridian and Tina McElroy Ansa's Ugly ways / Nagueyalti Warren -- From grandmother to mother to me : birth narratives and tradition in the fiction of southern women / Rosemary M. Magee.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Mothers and daughters : the tie that binds / Elizabeth Fox-Genovese -- Introduction / Nagueyalti Warren and Sally Wolff -- Hearing my mad mother's voices / Minrose Gwin -- "Following the condition of the mother" : subversions of domesticity in Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the life of a slave girl / Caroline Levander -- Mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers : the maternal tradition in Margaret Walker's Jubilee / Betty Taylor-Thompson and Gladys Washington -- Kate Chopin's motherless heroine / Virginia Ross -- "White mamma ... black mammy" : replacing the absent mother in the works of Ruth McEnery Stuart / Joan Wylie Hall -- The old order undermined : daughters, mothers, and grandmothers in Katherine Anne Porter's Miranda tales / Mary Ann Wimsatt -- What ever happened to Jochebed? Motherhood as marginality in Zora Neale Hurston's Seraph on the Suwanee / Carol P. Marsh-Lockett -- The waste land women of The wave / Lucinda H. MacKethan -- "I have not wallowed" : Flannery O'Connnor's working mothers / Cindy Beringer -- Mothers, daughters, and The golden apples / Helen Hurt Tiegreen -- The separate self : identity and tradition in the fiction of Gail Godwin and Ellen Glasgow / Kathryn Lee Seidel -- "Everyday use" and Incidents in the life a slave girl : escaping antebellum confinement / Charles E. Wilson, Jr. -- Resistant mothers in Alice Walker's Meridian and Tina McElroy Ansa's Ugly ways / Nagueyalti Warren -- From grandmother to mother to me : birth narratives and tradition in the fiction of southern women / Rosemary M. Magee.

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CHOICE Review

Warren and Wolff (both Emory Univ.) have assembled a collection of essays that, with the exception of Minrose Gwin's wrenching memoir of her mother, examine the portrayals of motherhood and daughterhood in the works of selected southern women authors. Works studied range from those by African Americans like Harriet Jacobs, Margaret Walker, Alice Walker, and Zora Neale Hurston to the fiction of more canonical figures like Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Kate Chopin, and Eudora Welty. Aware of the "peculiarities of southern attitude and tradition" that have created constricting and racially specific definitions of "motherhood" and "womanhood," the editors carefully chose essays that explicate the confinements of and resistances to southern "motherhood" and that explore how mothers and daughters "search for identity and freedom," sometimes with limited success. Though this reviewer was grateful to be reminded of writers like Tina McElroy Ansa and Evelyn Scott, experienced critics will find little that is especially new in these essays. Indeed, some of the contributions would be enriched by more rigorously theoretical perspectives: for instance, Cindy Beringer's " 'I Have Not Wallowed': Flannery O'Connor's Working Mothers" begs for skillfully deployed psychoanalytic analysis. Recommended for undergraduate academic collections and public libraries. M. L. Robertson; Sweet Briar College

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