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Title: Women in Chains : The Legacy of Slavery in ...
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: 2000
Book Condition: Very Good
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Using writers such as Harriet Wilson, Frances E. W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Sherley Anne Williams, and Gayl Jones, the author highlights recurring themes and the various responses of black women writers to the issues of race and gender. Time and again these writers link slavery with motherhood--their depictions of black womanhood are tied to the effects of slavery and represented through the black mother. Patton shows that both the image others have of black women as well as black women's own self image is framed and influenced by the history of slavery. This history would have us believe that female slaves were mere breeders and not mothers. However, Patton uses the mother figure as a tool to create an intriguing interdisciplinary literary analysis.About the Author:
Venetria K. Patton is Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
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