Enslaved Women, Resistant Motherlove, and the Price of Black Motherhood

dc.contributor.advisorMoody, Joycelyn K.
dc.contributor.authorCaraballo-Coronado, Hosanna
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSinanan, Kerry
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGarza, Kimberly
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-09T19:29:11Z
dc.date.available2024-02-09T19:29:11Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I examine Harriet Jacobs's representation of Black motherhood in her 1861 slave narrative, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. I argue that we should read Jacobs's portrayal of hopeful Black motherly love as a deliberately political text before the Civil War that resists heteropatriarchal white supremacy. In addition to building on Black feminist scholarship about Black motherhood, Black motherlove, and hope as resistance, I discuss the ways in which white supremacy in the United States has historically punished and degraded Black mothers, thus, negatively impacting Black families. By reading Jacobs as a political text, I resist one-dimensional narratives about Black motherhood that perpetuate systemic oppression and erase Black mothers as loving, capable, nurturing, and hopeful. By exploring Jacobs's portrayal of hopeful Black motherlove in her narrative, we can learn pertinent lessons about resistance and justice in a post-Roe political landscape that continues to punish Black women.
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.format.extent61 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9798358491274
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/2923
dc.languageen
dc.subjecthope
dc.subjectmotherlove
dc.subjectothermothering
dc.subjectresistance
dc.subjectslave narrative
dc.subjectsurvival
dc.subject.classificationLiterature
dc.subject.classificationAfrican American studies
dc.subject.classificationAmerican history
dc.titleEnslaved Women, Resistant Motherlove, and the Price of Black Motherhood
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
dcterms.accessRightspq_closed
thesis.degree.departmentEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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