Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women's Literature

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The "black family" in the United States and the Caribbean often holds contradictory and competing meanings in public discourse: on the one hand, it is a site of love, strength, and support; on the other hand, it is a site of pathology, brokenness, and dysfunction that has frequently called forth an emphasis on conventional respectability if stability and social approval are to be achieved. Looking at the ways in which contemporary African American and black Caribbean women writers conceptualize the black family, Susana ...

Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women's Literature 2014, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville

ISBN-13: 9780813935508

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Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women's Literature 2014, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville

ISBN-13: 9780813935492

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