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Author Rody, Caroline
Title The Daughter's Return : African-American and Caribbean Women's Fictions of History
Imprint Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2001
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Introduction: The Daughter's Return -- PART I: AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS -- 1. Toni Morrison's Beloved: History, "Rememory", and a "Clamor for a Kiss -- 2. Adventures of the Magic Black Daughter: History and "Renaissance" in Contemporary African-American Women's Fictions -- Mothering the Renaissance -- Return of the Magic Black Daughter -- 3. Further Adventures of the Magic Black Daughter -- One Dark Body -- Variations on Childbirth -- Coda -- PART II: CARIBBEAN WOMEN WRITERS -- 4. Caribbean Women's Literature and the Mother of History -- Recovering the Mother-Island -- The Caribbean Daughter's Return -- Jamaica Kincaid and the Maternal Void of History -- 5. Burning Down the House: Daughterly Revision in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea -- 6. Decolonizing Jamaica's Daughter: Learning History in the Novels of Michelle Cliff -- The Novel as Abeng -- Becoming History: No Telephone to Heaven -- 7. Crossing Water: Maryse Condé's I, Tituba and the Horizontal Plot -- Epilogue: History, Horizontality, and the Postcolonial Hester Prynne: On Condé, Mukherjee, and Morrison -- Notes -- Works Cited -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
This work offers an analysis of an emerging genre in African-American and Caribbean fiction: the novels of black women writers who have returned to their ancestral past. In novels like Toni Morrison's "Beloved" , Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea", and Maryse Conde's "I, Tituba", "magical" black daughters return to sites of trauma through visions, dreams, and memories. Rody reads these texts as allegorical expressions of the desire of writers newly emerging into cultural authority to reclaim their difficult inheritance, and finds a counter-plot of heroines' encounters with women of other racial and ethnic groups running through these works
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Rody, Caroline The Daughter's Return : African-American and Caribbean Women's Fictions of History Cary : Oxford University Press, Incorporated,c2001 9780195138887
Subject African American women in literature.;African American women -- Intellectual life.;American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.;American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.;Caribbean fiction (English) -- Women authors -- History and criticism.;Daughters in literature.;Literature and history -- English-speaking countries
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