Southern Mothers, a collection of critical essays by prominent southern literary scholars, examines the significance of motherhood in southern fiction. The belle, the mammy, religion, and racism are several of the distinctive threads with which southern women writers have woven the fabric of their stories. Bringing southern motherhood into focus—with all its peculiarities of attitude and tradition—the essays speak to both the established and the unconventional modes of motherhood that are typical in southern writing and probe the extent to which southern women writers have rejected or embraced, supported or challenged the individual, social, and cultural understanding and institution of motherhood.
Sally Wolff teaches southern literature at Emory University, where she has also served as associate dean and assistant vice president. She is the author of Talking About William Faulkner: Interviews with Jimmie Faulkner and Others and coeditor of Southern Mothers: Fact and Fiction in Southern Women's Writing.
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese is the Eleonore Raoul Professor of the Humanities and director of the Institute for Women’s Studies at Emory University. She is the author of many books, including Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South and Feminism and Its Illusions: A Critique of Individualism.
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