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Ferocious Motherhood

Title: Ferocious Motherhood: The Characterization of the Contemporary Single Mother in Southern Women's Fiction.
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Name(s): Kranz, Tova E., author
Department of English
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Past the fall of the great Southern plantations and Agrarian prosperity, the Southern lady/gentleman persisted in the works of many Southern writers who wrote novels lauding the Old South in an attempt to preserve the culture of the region. Contemporary Southern writers, however, depict the South as it is. Novelists including Dorothy Allison, Barbara Kingsolver, and others reject the image of the Southern belle, and instead depict Southern women, single mothers in particular, as resolute and strong-willed rather than demure and pious. My research analyzes the characterization of single mothers in contemporary fiction by Southern women writers alongside the widows in two novels by Augusta Evans Wilson, a popular late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century novelist. In examining the two side-by-side I was able to compare the way in which these authors use characterization to reveal, and at times dispute with, the attitudes towards single mothers and the ways these mothers challenge them.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0510 (IID)
Keywords: Southern literature, women's literature, single mothers
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2015.
Date of Defense: April 17, 2015.
Subject(s): America -- Literatures
North America
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0510
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Kranz, T. E. (2015). Ferocious Motherhood: The Characterization of the Contemporary Single Mother in Southern Women's Fiction. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0510