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Title Women, America and movement : narratives of relocation / edited by Susan L. Roberson.

Published Columbia ; London : University of Missouri Press, [1998]
©1998

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 UniM Bail  810.99287 WOME    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Narratives of Relocation and Dislocation -- An Introduction / Susan Roberson -- Exile, Depatriation, and Constance Fenimore Woolson's: Traveling Regionalism / Peter Caccavari -- "Colored Biscuits": Reconstructing Whiteness and the Boundaries of "Home" in Kaye Gibbons's Ellen Foster / Giavanna Munafo -- Haunting the Borderlands: La Llorona in Sandra Cisneros's "Woman Hollering Creek" / Jacqueline Doyle -- America, Romance, and the Fate of the Wandering Woman: The Case of Charlotte Temple / Kay Ferguson Ryals -- Slum Angels: The White-Slave Narrative in Theodore Dreiser's Jennie Gerhardt / Katherine Joslin -- Constructing "Home" in Mary Paik Lee's Quiet Odyssey: A Pioneer Korean Woman in America / Monica Chiu -- Always Becoming: Narratives of Nation and Self in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine / Deepika Bahri -- Comic Displacement: Caroline M. Kirkland's Satire of Frontier Democracy in A New Home, Who'll Follow? / Caroline Gebhard.
"My Country is Kentucky": Leaving Appalachia in Harriette Arnow's The Dollmaker / Rachel Lee Rubin -- "This Ain't Real Estate": Land and Culture in Louise Erdrich's Chippewa Tetralogy / Tom Berninghausen -- "With the Wind Rocking the Wagon": Women's Narratives of the Way West / Susan Roberson -- On the Gatepost: Literal and Metaphorical Journeys in Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road / Barbara Rodriguez -- "By Being Outside of America": Gertrude Stein's "Geographical History" of Gender, Self, and Writing / Hugh English.
Summary Since the colonial days, American women have traveled, migrated, and relocated, always faced with the challenge of reconstructing their homes for themselves and their families. Women, America, and Movement offers a journey through largely unexplored territory -- the experiences of migrating American women. These narratives, both real and imagined, represent a range of personal and critical perspectives; some of the women describe their travels as expansive and freeing, while others relate the dreadful costs and sacrifices of relocating.
Despite the range of essays featured in this study, the writings all coalesce around the issues of politics, poetry, and self-identity described by Adrienne Rich as the elements of the "politics of location" treated here as the politics of relocation. The narratives featured in this book explore the impact of race, class, and sexual economics on migratory women, their self-identity, and their roles in family and social life. These issues demonstrate that, in addition to geographic place, ideology is itself a space to be traversed.
By examining the writings of such women as Louise Erdrich, Zora Neale Hurston, and Gertrude Stein, the essayists included in this volume offer a variety of experiences. The book confronts such issues as racist politicking against Native Americans, African Americans, and Asian immigrants; sexist attitudes that limit women to the roles of wife, mother, and sexual object; and exploitation of migrants from Appalachia and of women newly arrived in America.
Women, America, and Movement provides a much needed American and feminist perspective on displacement.
Other author Roberson, Susan L., 1950-
Subject American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- United States -- History.
Emigration and immigration in literature.
Frontier and pioneer life in literature.
Migration, Internal, in literature.
Immigrants in literature.
Exiles in literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Home in literature.
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