That Pale Mother Rising

That Pale Mother Rising

Sentimental Discourses and the Imitation of Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century America
Eva Cherniavsky
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/22/1995
ISBN: 978-0-253-11518-8
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In this physically small but conceptually rich volume, Cherniavsky begins by situating the notion of essentialized motherhood within the constitution of modern bourgeois subjectivity and, more specifically, of a rational democratic social order in early national America." —American Literature

... an admirable contribution to the current debates over the meaning and implications of motherhood in contemporary culture." —UCG Women’s Studies Centre Review

With its wide range of reference and use of sophisticated critical paradigms, this book is a demanding study that will be of special interest to readers concerned with 19th century American fiction and current debates surrounding the maternal." —Studies on Women Abstracts

That Pale Mother Rising concerns the persistence of essentialized motherhood in the midst of the postmodern, linking nineteenth-century sentimentalism to the American founders’ understanding of the democratic social body.

Author Bio

EVA CHERNIAVSKY is Assistant Professor of English and adjunct faculty in Women's Studies at Indiana University. Her articles have appeared in Arizona Quarterly, Genders, and Discovering Difference: Contemporary Essays in American Culture.

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Table of Contents


1. The Limits of Liberal Discourse: Non/White Women of the Republic
2. Charlotte Temple’s Remains
3. Revivification and Utopian Time: Poe versus Stowe
4. Stange Coincidence: Disavowal and History in Hawthorne and Cummins
5. Your Mother Is Here: Harriet Jacobs and the Decommodification of Motherhood

Postscript: Postmodern Subjectivity and Virtual Motherhood

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