The Foremother Figure in Early Black Women's Literature: Clothed in my Right Mind, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Foremother Figure in Early Black Women's Literature

Clothed in my Right Mind, 1st Edition

By Jacqueline K. Bryant


170 pages

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Originally published in 1999 The Foremother Figure in Early Black Women's Literature looks at how stereotypical foremother figure exists in nineteenth century American literature. The book argues that older black woman portrayed in early black women’s works differs significantly from the older black women portrayed in early white women’s works. The foremother figure, then emerging in early black women’s fiction revises the stereotypical mother figure in early white women’s fiction. In the context of the mulatta heroine the foremother produces minimal language that, through an Afrocentric rhetoric, distinguishes her from the stereotypical mother and thus links her peripheral role and unusual behaviour to cultural continuity and radical uplift.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

2. The Mammy in Early White Female Writers: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Caroline Lee Hentz, and Kate Chopin

3. Rhetoric of Freedom: Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself

4. Grandmothers, Mothers, and Acquaintances: The Novels of Frances E.W. Harper

5. Aunt Henny and Aunt Hannah in the Novels of Pauline Hopkins

6. Finding the Foremother in Fauset

7. Conclusion: The Legacy of the Foremother



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: African American Literature

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1995 and 1999, is a collection of works by leading academics on African American Literature. The set provides a rigorous examination of the effect of music in the culture of African American society, and how it has impacted the literature of African American writers, it also looks at the presentation of black women in the writings of both black and white writers throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. Finally the book looks at the experience of black writers living abroad. This set will be of particular interest to students and practitioners of literature, history and specifically black American history.

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