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The Resource Mother imagery in the novels of Afro-Caribbean women, Simone A. James Alexander

Mother imagery in the novels of Afro-Caribbean women, Simone A. James Alexander

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Mother imagery in the novels of Afro-Caribbean women
Title
Mother imagery in the novels of Afro-Caribbean women
Statement of responsibility
Simone A. James Alexander
Title variation
Mother imagery in the novels of Afro Caribbean women
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Language
eng
Summary
"Focusing on specific texts by Jamaica Kincaid, Maryse Condé, and Paule Marshall, this fascinating study explores the intricate trichotomous relationship between the mother (biological or surrogate), the motherlands Africa and the Caribbean, and the mothercountry represented by England, France, and/or North America. The mother-daughter relationships in the works discussed address the complex, conflicting notions of motherhood that exist within this trichotomy. Although mothering is usually socialized as a welcoming, nurturing notion, Alexander argues that alongside this nurturing notion there exists much conflict. Specifically, she argues that the mother-daughter relationship, plagued with ambivalence, is often further conflicted by colonialism or colonial intervention from the "other," the colonial mothercountry. Mother Imagery in the Novels of Afro-Caribbean Women offers an overview of Caribbean women's writings from the 1990s, focusing on the personal relationships these three authors have had with their mothers and/or motherlands to highlight links, despite social, cultural, geographical, and political differences, among Afro-Caribbean women and their writings. Alexander traces acts of resistance, which facilitate the (re)writing/righting of the literary canon and the conception of a "newly created genre" and a "womanist" tradition through fictional narratives with autobiographical components. Exploring the complex and ambiguous mother-daughter relationship, she examines the connection between the mother and the mother's land. In addition, Alexander addresses the ways in which the absence of a mother can send an individual on a desperate quest for selfhood and a home space. This quest forces and forges the creation of an imagined homeland and the re-validation of "old ways and cultures" preserved by the mother. Creating such an imagined homeland enables the individual to acquire "wholeness," which permits a spiritual return to the motherland, Africa via the Caribbean. This spiritual return or homecoming, through the living and practicing of the old culture, makes possible the acceptance and celebration of the mother's land. Alexander concludes that the mothers created by these authors are the source of diasporic connections and continuities. Writing/righting black women's histories as Kincaid, Condé, and Marshall have done provides a clearing, a space, a mother's land, for black women. Mother Imagery in the Novels of Afro-Caribbean Women will be of great interest to all teachers and students of women's studies, African American studies, Caribbean literature, and diasporic literatures."--Publishers website
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1967-
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Alexander, Simone A. James
Dewey number
813/.5093520431
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9205.4
LC item number
.A48 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Women and literature
  • Women and literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Caribbean fiction (English)
  • Mothers and daughters in literature
  • Motherhood in literature
  • Mothers in literature
  • Home in literature
  • Women and literature
  • African American women
  • African American women in literature
  • Marshall, Paule
  • Kincaid, Jamaica
  • Condé, Maryse
Label
Mother imagery in the novels of Afro-Caribbean women, Simone A. James Alexander
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-209) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: Reclaiming Identities: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers Writing the Self
  • Resisting Zombification: (Re)Writing/Righting the Literary Canon
  • I Am Me, I Am You: The Intricate Mother-Daughter Dyadic Relationship
  • Imagined Homelands: Engendering a Mythic Return "Home"
  • "An/Other Way of Knowing Things": Ancestral Line(age), Revalidating Our Ancestral Inheritances
  • "Call[ing] Your Nation": A Journey Completed
Control code
44769093
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 215 pages
Isbn
9780826213099
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00061985
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Mother imagery in the novels of Afro-Caribbean women, Simone A. James Alexander
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-209) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: Reclaiming Identities: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers Writing the Self
  • Resisting Zombification: (Re)Writing/Righting the Literary Canon
  • I Am Me, I Am You: The Intricate Mother-Daughter Dyadic Relationship
  • Imagined Homelands: Engendering a Mythic Return "Home"
  • "An/Other Way of Knowing Things": Ancestral Line(age), Revalidating Our Ancestral Inheritances
  • "Call[ing] Your Nation": A Journey Completed
Control code
44769093
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 215 pages
Isbn
9780826213099
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00061985
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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