Reading silence actively: Recovering the maternal narrative in contemporary women's novels

dc.contributor.advisorWoodson, Linda T.
dc.contributor.authorPantuso, Terri B.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberReesman, Jeanne C.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDrinka, Bridget
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLyons, Bonnie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrooks, Kinitra D.
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-12T19:31:43Z
dc.date.available2024-02-12T19:31:43Z
dc.date.issued2009
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dc.description.abstractThis project uses an interdisciplinary methodology derived from linguistic, rhetorical, critical race, feminist, and third-space feminist theories to examine how close discursive analysis reveals counter-hegemonic tendencies in maternal characters who use silence as a source of linguistic empowerment. In my analysis, I compare novels published post-1985 by both white and black American women to demonstrate an emerging cross-racial dialectic concerning American feminist mothering and the role of silence in literature. Throughout my dissertation, I explore how silence has been used by contemporary women authors publishing post-1985 to subvert various forms of oppression, as well as to recover via a palimpsestic methodology matrilineal heritages that have been left unwritten. Specifically, I focus on Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose (1986), Ellen Douglas's Can't Quit You, Baby (1988), Kaye Gibbons's Ellen Foster (1987), Dori Sanders's Clover (1990), Sapphire's PUSH (1996), Kim Edwards's The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2005), Alice Randall's The Wind Done Gone (2001), and Nancy Rawles's My Jim (2005). Throughout this project, I demonstrate the progressive, transformational use of silence as a rhetorical strategy by contemporary American women writers as a discursive method of non-oppositional feminist dialogue.
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.format.extent165 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9781109538205
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/5033
dc.languageen
dc.subjectfeminist
dc.subjectlinguistic
dc.subjectpalimpsest
dc.subjectrecovery
dc.subjectrhetorical
dc.subjecttransformative
dc.subject.classificationAmerican literature
dc.subject.classificationModern literature
dc.subject.classificationWomen's studies
dc.subject.classificationRhetoric and Composition
dc.titleReading silence actively: Recovering the maternal narrative in contemporary women's novels
dc.typeThesis
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thesis.degree.departmentEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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