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Maternal Discourse as Antebellum Social Protest

CLAUDIA TATE

in Domestic Allegories of Political Desire: The Black Heroine’s Text at the Turn of the Century

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108576
eISBN:
9780199855094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108576.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter starts by looking back to the mid-nineteenth-century works of two antebellum writers, namely, Harriet A. Jacobs and Harriet E. Wilson. These pieces constructed the cultural network in ... More


Servitude and Homelessness: Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig (1859) demonstrates the limits of adoption for a poor racially marked Northern child deemed unfit for the middle class. The mixed race Frado Smith is denied adoption after ... More


“They Won’t Believe What I Say”: Theorizing Freedom as an Economy of Violence

Regis M. Fox

in Resistance Reimagined: Black Women's Critical Thought as Survival

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056586
eISBN:
9780813053431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056586.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

“‘They Won’t Believe What I Say’: Theorizing Freedom as an Economy of Violence” analyzes Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig (1859) in which Wilson exposes the coerciveness of imbricated discourses of ... More


“Do I Not All Thy Sorrows Heed, And Bear Thee on My Heart?”: Harriet E. Wilson and the Unsympathetic Materialism of White Northern Domesticity

Naomi Greyser

in On Sympathetic Grounds: Race, Gender, and Affective Geographies in Nineteenth-Century North America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190460983
eISBN:
9780190461003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190460983.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter traces Harriet E. Wilson’s efforts to write in an environment that refused to recognize her as having a story. Mapping out the violent and debilitating domestication of Alfrado’s mind ... More


Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History

John Ernest

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833377
eISBN:
9781469605074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898505_ernest
Subject:
History, African-American History

What is African American about African American literature? Why identify it as a distinct tradition? This book contends that too often scholars have relied on naive concepts of race, superficial ... More


Youthful Girls and Prematurely Knowing Girls: Antebellum Black Girlhood

Nazera Sadiq Wright

in Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040573
eISBN:
9780252099014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040573.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter examines the first writings of black women about girlhood during the antebellum era, with particular emphasis on the trope of the self-reliant black girl in the face of adversity. After ... More


Conclusion: Roll Call

Regis M. Fox

in Resistance Reimagined: Black Women's Critical Thought as Survival

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056586
eISBN:
9780813053431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056586.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The conclusion explores the kinship between Resistance Reimagined: Black Women’s Critical Thought as Survival and the #SayHerName Movement, as articulated by the African American Policy Forum. A more ... More


Resistance Reimagined: Black Women's Critical Thought as Survival

Regis M. Fox

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056586
eISBN:
9780813053431
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056586.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

A reimagining of liberal ideologies of selfhood, privilege, and consent is a significant legacy of nineteenth-century black feminist knowledge production. Yet, analyses of black women’s critical ... More


Introduction

Regis M. Fox

in Resistance Reimagined: Black Women's Critical Thought as Survival

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056586
eISBN:
9780813053431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056586.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The introduction examines processes by which nineteenth-century black women writers have been disassociated from legitimate forms of black struggle and defiance. Extending a definition of the liberal ... More


Radical Pet Keeping: Crafts, Wilson, and Living with Others in the Anthropocene

Michelle C. Neely

in Against Sustainability: Reading Nineteenth-Century America in the Age of Climate Crisis

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823288229
eISBN:
9780823290307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823288229.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Chapter four explores radical pet keeping, an unlikely environmentalism keyed to the strengths and the weaknesses of the Anthropocene proposal. The first part of the chapter examines how figures of ... More


“Mammy Ain’t Nobody Name”: Power, Privilege, and the Bodying Forth of Resistance

Regis M. Fox

in Resistance Reimagined: Black Women's Critical Thought as Survival

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056586
eISBN:
9780813053431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056586.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Novels such as Sherley Anne Williams’ Dessa Rose, as well as the focus of “‘Mammy Ain’t Nobody Name’: Power, Privilege, and the Bodying Forth of Resistance,” provoke dialogue with Wilson, Keckly, and ... More


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