Harriet Ann Jacobs | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Patricia Felisa Barbeito

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Harriet Ann Jacobs.
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Critical Essay by Patricia Felisa Barbeito

SOURCE: "Making Generations in Jacobs, Larsen, and Hurston: A Genealogy of Black Women's Writing," in American Literature, Vol. 70, No. 2, June, 1998, pp. 365-95.

In the following excerpt, Barbeito examines the impact of slavery and racial politics on "black female sexuality" as explored by Harriet Jacobs in her writings.

"The important thing is making generations…. And that['s] what makes the evidence. And that's what makes the verdict."

"Procreation. That could also be a slave-breeder's way of thinking."—Gayl Jones, Corregidora

The lines from Gayl Jones's Corregidora identify a formative trope in black women's writing that links the "making of generations," the black female sexual and procreative body, to a history of slavery. "Making generations" in the context...

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