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The Resource Embroidering the Scarlet A : unwed mothers and illegitimate children in American fiction and film, Janet Mason Ellerby

Embroidering the Scarlet A : unwed mothers and illegitimate children in American fiction and film, Janet Mason Ellerby

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Embroidering the Scarlet A : unwed mothers and illegitimate children in American fiction and film
Title
Embroidering the Scarlet A
Title remainder
unwed mothers and illegitimate children in American fiction and film
Statement of responsibility
Janet Mason Ellerby
Title variation
Unwed mothers and illegitimate children in American fiction and film
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Embroidering the Scarlet A traces the evolution of the "fallen woman" from the earliest novels to recent representations in fiction and film, including The Scarlet Letter, The Sound and the Fury, The Color Purple, and Love Medicine, and the films Juno and Mother and Child. Interweaving her own experience as a pregnant teen forced to surrender her daughter and pledge secrecy for decades, Ellerby interrogates "out-of-wedlock" motherhood, mapping the ways archetypal scarlet women and their children have been exiled as social pariahs, pardoned as blameless pawns, and transformed into empowered women. Drawing on narrative, feminist, and autobiographical theory, the book examines the ways that the texts have affirmed, subverted, or challenged dominant thinking and the prevailing moral standards as they have shifted over time. Using her own life experience and her uniquely informed perspective, Ellerby assesses the effect these stories have on the lives of real women and children. By inhabiting the space where ideology meets narrative, Ellerby questions the constricting historical, cultural, and social parameters of female sexuality and permissible maternity. As a feminist cultural critique, a moving autobiographical journey, and an historical investigation that addresses both fiction and film, Embroidering the Scarlet A will appeal to students and scholars of literature, history, sociology, psychology, women's and gender studies, and film studies. The book will also interest general readers, as it relates the experience of surrendering a child to adoption at a time when birthmothers were still exiled, birth records were locked away, and secrecy was still mandatory. It will also appeal to those concerned with adoption or the cultural shifts that have changed our thinking about illegitimacy"--
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contains biographical information
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Ellerby, Janet Mason
Dewey number
813.009/3526947
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.M547
LC item number
E45 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Unmarried mothers in literature
  • Illegitimate children in literature
  • Unmarried mothers in motion pictures
  • Illegitimate children in motion pictures
  • Ellerby, Janet Mason
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
  • LITERARY COLLECTIONS / American / General
  • Film
  • Roman
  • Nichteheliche Mutter
  • Nichteheliches Kind
  • USA
  • Ellerby, Janet Mason
  • American fiction
  • Illegitimate children in literature
  • Illegitimate children in motion pictures
  • Unmarried mothers in literature
  • Unmarried mothers in motion pictures
Label
Embroidering the Scarlet A : unwed mothers and illegitimate children in American fiction and film, Janet Mason Ellerby
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Publication
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Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-272) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The unwed mothers of the early American Novel -- Theodore Dreiser's all-giving angel: Jennie Gerhardt -- Edith Wharton's female enforcers -- The scarlet women of William Faulkner's The sound and the fury -- The unwed mother triumphant: Celie and Alice Walker's The color purple -- Illegitimacy and sexual violence -- Birthmothers in exile -- Fathering iIllegitimacy -- The legacy of secrets -- Birthmothers in the adoption triangle: Caroline Leavitt's Girls in trouble and Tim Kirkman's Loggerheads -- Comedy and the unwed mother -- Bearing sorrow -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn900242708
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 277 pages
Isbn
9780472052639
Isbn Type
(paper)
Lccn
2015005264
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780472052639
  • (OCoLC)900242708
Label
Embroidering the Scarlet A : unwed mothers and illegitimate children in American fiction and film, Janet Mason Ellerby
Publication
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-272) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The unwed mothers of the early American Novel -- Theodore Dreiser's all-giving angel: Jennie Gerhardt -- Edith Wharton's female enforcers -- The scarlet women of William Faulkner's The sound and the fury -- The unwed mother triumphant: Celie and Alice Walker's The color purple -- Illegitimacy and sexual violence -- Birthmothers in exile -- Fathering iIllegitimacy -- The legacy of secrets -- Birthmothers in the adoption triangle: Caroline Leavitt's Girls in trouble and Tim Kirkman's Loggerheads -- Comedy and the unwed mother -- Bearing sorrow -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn900242708
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 277 pages
Isbn
9780472052639
Isbn Type
(paper)
Lccn
2015005264
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780472052639
  • (OCoLC)900242708

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