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The Resource Subjects of slavery, agents of change : women and power in Gothic novels and slave narratives, 1790-1865, Kari J. Winter

Subjects of slavery, agents of change : women and power in Gothic novels and slave narratives, 1790-1865, Kari J. Winter

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Subjects of slavery, agents of change : women and power in Gothic novels and slave narratives, 1790-1865
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Subjects of slavery, agents of change
Title remainder
women and power in Gothic novels and slave narratives, 1790-1865
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Kari J. Winter
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In Subjects of Slavery, Agents of Change Kari J. Winter compares the ways in which two marginalized genres of women's writing - female Gothic novels and slave narratives - represent the oppression of women and their resistance to oppression. Analyzing the historical contexts in which Gothic novels and slave narratives were written, Winter shows that both types of writing expose the sexual politics at the heart of patriarchal culture and both represent the terrifying
  • aspects of life for women. Female Gothic novelists such as Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Ann Radcliffe, and Mary Shelley uncover the terror of the familiar - the routine brutality and injustice of the patriarchal family and of conventional religion, as well as the intersecting oppressions of gender and class. They represent the world as, in Mary Wollstonecraft's words, "a vast prison" in which women are "born slaves." Writing during the same period, Harriet Jacobs, Nancy
  • Prince, and other former slaves in the United States expose the "all-pervading corruption" of southern slavery. Their narratives combine strident attacks on the patriarchal order with criticism of white women's own racism and classism. These texts challenge white women to repudiate their complicity in a racist culture and to join their black sisters in a war against the "peculiar institution." Winter explores as well the ways that Gothic heroines and slave women resisted
  • subjugation. Moments of escape from the horrors of patriarchal domination provide the protagonists with essential periods of respite from pain. Because this escape is never more than temporary, however, both types of narrative conclude tensely. The novelists refuse to affirm either hope or despair, thereby calling into question conventional endings of marriage or death. And although slave narratives were typically framed by white-authored texts, containment of the black
  • voice did not diminish the inherent revolutionary conclusion of antislavery writing. According to Winter, both Gothic novels and slave narratives suggest that although women are victims and mediators of the dominant order they also can become agents of historical change
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contains biographical information
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Winter, Kari J
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non fiction
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  • American literature
  • Slaves
  • English fiction
  • Slaves' writings, American
  • Horror tales, English
  • Power (Social sciences) in literature
  • African American women in literature
  • Gothic revival (Literature)
  • Sex role in literature
  • Women and literature
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Subjects of slavery, agents of change : women and power in Gothic novels and slave narratives, 1790-1865, Kari J. Winter
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-165) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocm24378809
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 172 pages
Isbn
9780820314204
Lccn
91032103
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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  • (OCoLC)24378809
  • (Sirsi) a433156
Label
Subjects of slavery, agents of change : women and power in Gothic novels and slave narratives, 1790-1865, Kari J. Winter
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-165) 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
Control code
ocm24378809
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 172 pages
Isbn
9780820314204
Lccn
91032103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24378809
  • (Sirsi) a433156

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