“Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”: Annotated Bibliography Burnham, Michelle. “Loopholes of Resistance: Harriet Jacobs ' Slave Narrative and the Critique of Agency in Foucault.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 49.2 (1993): 53-73. Print. In the article Burnham analyzes the loopholes of resistance and retreat not only in Harriet Jacobs ' Slave Narrative but also compares those elements and components to those used in the work of Foucault showing the philosophic background in the writing. The author evaluates specific individual subjects through the analysis of institutional structures and the impact of the surrounding environment on individuals.
They have both experienced pain and joy throughout their lives, and so have the quilts. Since the quilts embody pieces of Mama's mother's clothing in the patchwork, Maggie understands that the quilts have their family heritage sewn in them. On the other hand, Dee does not fully grasp this. Her understanding of family heritage is not as strong because she has already changed her name from Dee, a family name, to Wagero. She has always thought that she wants "new and nice things."
Laurel Thatcher proves that Martha Ballard was an exceptional independent woman who was also constrained by the expectations put on women. Thatcher portrayed the quality of women’s lives through the life of Martha Ballard and the women around her. Martha Ballard’s family comprised of three sons and three daughters as well as her husband, Ephraim. Martha’s daughters helped her with house, garden, and yard work. Since her daughters helped her with what needed to be done, she
Everyday Use: What Will Your Ancestors Treasure? In the short story “Everyday Use” Alice Walker takes the reader through a world that was in the midst of a radical change. A time when new affluence was coming to a generation of African Americans. Walker’s generation knew nothing but hardships, and they had to make due with whatever they happened to have around. Therefore, many of the items which Dee and Maggie see in the course of the story have radically different meanings.
The focus of Good Wives by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is on the lives of colonial women from 1650-1750. Ulrich focuses on the daily lives of women and the role of women in their society. In Colonial America, the main role of women was to be a housewife. A housewife’s role was “defined by a space (a house and its surrounding yards), a set of tasks (cooking, washing, sewing, milking, spinning, cleaning, gardening), and a limited area of authority (the internal economy of a family)” (Ulrich 9). They also could stand in for their husband and his roles when necessary.
How does a person value heritage and what type of impact does it hold on a family with a substantial history? Taking a glimpse beneath the surface of family relationships and views on traditional heritage, author Alice Walker showcases a true grasp on letting readers see into the compassionate lives of three strong female leads. With her short story “Everyday Use” each character relatable and described in such detail, the reader can truly sympathize and understand the impact heritage brings to a family. Walker’s compelling short story “Everyday Use” explores how complicated family dynamics can impact the attitude towards heritage through the three female leads. Family can occupy strong roots dating back generations with steadfast traditions that appreciate true meaning and personal endearment to family members.
Joy changing her name is symbolic to Good County People, she finds herself superior to those who are less fortunate than her or what her mother calls good country people. Joy changing her name to Hulga and having her leg be a false wooden leg symbolizes her fractured identity and vulnerability. Joy has the
and, as time went on, she did not only become Lady Russell’s “most dear and highly valued god-daughter, favourite and friend” but also “it was only in Anne that she could fancy the mother to revive again” (Persuasion 7), meaning she sees herself as a substitute mother. From this it follows that Lady Russell is very protective of Anne and naturally only wants what is best for her in order to ensure that she has a good future. However, Lady Russell’s goodwill/favour becomes a danger to Anne’s happy ending since the best for Anne is actually what Lady Russell personally considers to be best and this view is not necessarily in accord with what would make Anne happy as the two women do not share the same basic set of beliefs: Lady Russell is presented as a wealthy (cf. Persuasion 7), “benevolent” (Persuasion 12), “charitable” (ibid.) widow (cf.
Therefore, this paper attempts to present the way African-American have resisted. The paper attempts to explore those paradigms of the African American struggle that seek to create their own space, particularly focusing on women to highlight what they went though. It is in this context I will be looking at Toni Morrison's novel Beloved. KEYWORDS:
Saturated with examples of practical effects and different works. Using Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own she compares the differences and similarities of disenfranchised people at two different points in time. Additionally she points out the differences and examens the legacy of slave women being passed down. The other sources she uses each respectively help Walker define her nuanced view, each of them focuses on a different aspect of the conversation. Walker choose all of her sources carefully and crafted her essay all to support the idea of legacy as something built on top of work of others.