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By Ruby C. Tapia

ISBN-10: 0816653100

ISBN-13: 9780816653102

ISBN-10: 0816653119

ISBN-13: 9780816653119

In American Pietàs, Ruby C. Tapia unearths how visible representations of racialized motherhood form and replicate nationwide citizenship. via a sustained engagement with Roland Barthes’s suturing of race, demise, and the maternal in Camera Lucida, Tapia contends that the contradictory essence of the picture is either as a signifier of loss of life and a guarantor of resurrection.

Tapia explores the results of this argument for racialized productions of demise and the maternal within the context of particular cultural moments: the commemoration of Princess Diana in U.S. magazines; the intertext of Toni Morrison’s and Hollywood’s Beloved; the social and cultural loss of life in teenager being pregnant, imaged and controlled in California’s Partnership for accountable Parenting campaigns; and well known buildings of the “Widows of 11th of September” in print and televisual journalism.

Taken jointly, those a number of visible media texts functionality in American Pietàs as cultural artifacts and as visible nodes in a bigger community of racialized productions of maternal our bodies in contexts of nationwide demise and remembering. to have interaction this community is to invite how and towards what finish the racial venture of the kingdom imbues a few maternal our bodies with resurrecting strength and leaves others for lifeless. within the areas among those assorted maternities, says Tapia, U.S. citizen-subjects are born—and reborn.

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