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Revising the Patriarchal Texts of Husband and Wife in Real and Fictive Worlds

CLAUDIA TATE

in Domestic Allegories of Political Desire

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780195108576
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108576.003.0007
Revising the Patriarchal Texts of Husband and Wife in Real and Fictive Worlds

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This chapter begins with snippets from the works of Pauline E. Hopkins, Ella Wright-Pleasant, and Josephine Turpin Washington on the gender rites and the higher education of black women. These depict black female empowerment despite problems of gender rites and education. The woman is described as a woman and not a man who possesses qualities of intelligence and culture. The chapter examines in detail the gender rites and the high education of black women in the late nineteenth century. It gives an introduction to the mediation of liberal and conservative gender roles for wives and husbands in the domestic novels. In summary, the following are tackled in this chapter: gender rites and the higher education of black women, gender rites and fictive texts, and love as a strategy for revising spousal roles.

Keywords: gender rites; female empowerment; education; fictive texts; spousal roles; gender roles

Chapter.  15000 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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