Stirring the Pot: The Kitchen and Domesticity in the Fiction of Southern Women (Paperback)Laura Sloan Patterson (author)
Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 30/12/2008
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The term ""domesticity"" may bring to mind cooking, cleaning, and tranquil evenings at home. During the last few decades, however, American domesticity has become ever more politicized as third-wave feminists, conservative critics, and others debate the very meaning of home and family. Despite this new wave of debate, the home, particularly the kitchen, is comfortable territory for the consolidation of issues of gender, space, marketplace, community, and technology in twentieth century literature.This work looks closely at a wide variety of Southern domestic literature, focusing particularly on the role of the family kitchen as a driving force in the narratives of Ellen Glasgow, Eudora Welty, Lee Smith, and Toni Morrison. The topics include the overtones of isolation and the almost claustrophobic third-person narration of ""Glasgow's Virginia"" and ""Life and Gabriella""; the communal kitchen and its role in defining the sexual discourse of Welty's ""Delta Wedding""; the unification of national railway lines and its consequences for the traditional Appalachian kitchen in Smith's ""Oral History"" and ""Fair and Tender Ladies""; and the lasting effects of slavery on the ""haunted domesticity"" of the African-American kitchen in Morrison's ""Jazz, Paradise, and Love"".
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 226 x 150 x 15 mm
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