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The Motherless Child in the Novels of Pauline Hopkins

Jill Bergman

Published by Louisiana State University Press
ISBN 10: 080714729X / ISBN 13: 9780807147290
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Title: The Motherless Child in the Novels of ...

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

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Hardcover. 216 pages. Dimensions: 8.6in. x 5.7in. x 1.0in.Well known in her day as a singer, playwright, novelist, and editor of the Colored American Magazine, Pauline Hopkins (1859-1930) has been the subject of considerable scholarly attention over the last twenty years. Nevertheless, her novels have not received their critical due. The Motherless Child, the first book-length study of Hopkinss major fictions, fills this gap, offering a sustained analysis of motherlessness in Contending Forces, Hagars Daughter, Winona, and Of One Blood. Motherlessness appears in all of Hopkinss novels. The motif, Bergman asserts, resonated profoundly for African Americans living with the legacy of abduction from a motherland and familial fragmentation under slavery. In her novels, motherlessness serves as a trope for the national alienation of post-Reconstruction African Americans. The longing and search for a maternal figure, then, represents an effort to reconnect with the absent mother--a missing parent and a lost African history and heritage. In Hopkinss oeuvre, the image of the mother of African heritage--a source of both identity and persecution--becomes a source of power and possibility. Bergman interweaves historical events--such as Bleeding Kansas, the execution of John Brown, and the Middle Passage--with motherlessness and explores how Hopkinss work engages with other contemporaneous race activists. This illuminating study opens new terrain not only in Hopkins scholarship, but also in the complex interchanges between literary, African American, psychoanalytic, feminist, and postcolonial studies. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780807147290

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