Poems at the Edge of Differences

Poems at the Edge of Differences

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This study consists of two parts. The first part offers an overview of feminism Is theory of differences. The second part deals with the textual analysis of poems about qmotheringq by women from India, the Caribbean and Africa. Literary criticism has dealt with the representation of qmotheringq in prose texts. The exploration of lyrical texts has not yet come. Since the late 1970s, the acknowledgement of and the commitment to difference has been foundational for feminist theory and activism. This investigation promotes a differentiated, qlocationalq feminism (Friedman). The comprehensive theoretical discussion of feminism Is different concepts of qgenderq, qraceq, qethnicityq and qmotheringq builds the foundation for the main part: the presentation and analysis of the poems. The issue of qmotheringq foregrounds the communicative aspect of women Is experience and wants to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This study, however, does not intend to specify qmotheringq as a universal and unique feminine characteristic. It underlines a metaphorical use and discusses the concepts of qnurturingq, qmaternal practiceq and qsocial parenthoodq. Regarding the extensive material, this study understands itself as an explorative not concluding investigation placed at the intersections of gender studies, postcolonial and classical literary studies. Most of all, it aims at initiating a dialogue and interchange between scholars and students in the Western and the qThird Worldq.Louise Bennett and her Poetry a€œShe is sane; throughout, her poems imply that common sense and generous love and understanding of ... (Donnell and Welsh 1996, 194-197) Since Louise Bennetta#39;s use of the Creole and her art of performance have influenced ... DS: And do you feel that this inability to be serious without being funny as well is a particular quality connected with people of negro origin?

Title:Poems at the Edge of Differences
Author:Renate Papke
Publisher:Universitätsverlag Göttingen - 2008


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