By Venetria K. Patton

Traces the relationship among slavery and how during which black girls fiction writers depict woman characters and tackle gender concerns, quite maternity.

Using writers reminiscent of Harriet Wilson, Frances E. W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Sherley Anne Williams, and Gayl Jones, the writer highlights routine topics and many of the responses of black ladies writers to the problems of race and gender. repeatedly those writers hyperlink slavery with motherhood--their depictions of black womanhood are tied to the results of slavery and represented throughout the black mom. Patton exhibits that either the picture others have of black girls in addition to black women's personal self photograph is framed and motivated through the heritage of slavery. This historical past may have us think that girl slaves have been mere breeders and never moms. in spite of the fact that, Patton makes use of the mummy determine as a device to create an exciting interdisciplinary literary analysis.

"Women in Chains establishes the liberational context of black women's fiction via shut and cautious readings of archetypal textual content and during the appliance of refined literary research grounded within the residing legacy of our personal 'talking books.' during this publication, Patton walks a weary mile within the sneakers of her selected foremothers and reveals her personal position within the tradition." -- Joanne M. Braxton, the varsity of William and Mary

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