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Embroidering the Scarlet A : Unwed Mothers and Illegitimate Children in American Fiction and Film

Author: Janet Mason Ellerby
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2015]
Series: Book collections on Project MUSE.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2015005264
(OCoLC)900242708
Named Person: Janet Mason Ellerby; Janet Mason Ellerby
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Mason Ellerby
ISBN: 9780472121052 0472121057
OCLC Number: 1017610586
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 277 pages)
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.
Series Title: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Responsibility: Janet Mason Ellerby.

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Discusses an array of narratives that span the American literary tradition, tracing the evolution of the "fallen woman" from the earliest novels to recent representations in fiction and film,  Read more...

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