Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Establishing the bondmother: Examining the categorization of maternal figures in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Paradise
by Tisdale, Ashely, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2016, 63; 10300331
Abstract (Summary)

Literary scholars have been examining and recreating the experiences of “bonded” female characters within Toni Morrison’s novels for decades. However, the distinct experiences of these enslaved women, that are also mothers have not been astutely examined by scholars and deserves more attention. My thesis fleshes out the characterization of several of Morrison’s bonded-mothers and identifies them as a part of a developing controlling image and theory, called the bondmother. Situating these characters within this category allows readers to trace their journeys towards freedom and personal redemption. This character tracing will occur by examining the following Toni Morrison novels: Beloved (1987) and Paradise (1997). In order to fully examine the experiences of these characters it will be necessary for me to expand the definition of bondage and mother.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hagood, Taylor
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Womens studies, American literature
Keywords: Black history, Morrison, Toni, Slavery
Publication Number: 10300331
ISBN: 978-1-369-42370-9
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