Embroidering the Scarlet A : unwed mothers and illegitimate children in American fiction and film /

"Embroidering the Scarlet A traces the evolution of the "fallen woman" from the earliest novels to recent representations in fiction and film, including The Scarlet Letter, The Sound and the Fury, The Color Purple, and Love Medicine, and the films Juno and Mother and Child. Interweavi...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Ellerby, Janet Mason
Format: eBook
Published: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2015.
Online Access:Connect to the full text of this electronic book
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • The unwed mothers of the early American Novel
  • Theodore Dreiser's all-giving angel: Jennie Gerhardt
  • Edith Wharton's female enforcers
  • The scarlet women of William Faulkner's The sound and the fury
  • The unwed mother triumphant: Celie and Alice Walker's The color purple
  • Illegitimacy and sexual violence
  • Birthmothers in exile
  • Fathering iIllegitimacy
  • The legacy of secrets
  • Birthmothers in the adoption triangle: Caroline Leavitt's Girls in trouble and Tim Kirkman's Loggerheads
  • Comedy and the unwed mother
  • Bearing sorrow
  • Conclusion.