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American PietàsVisions of Race, Death, and the Maternal$
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Ruby C. Tapia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816653102

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816653102.001.0001

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Vivid Defacements

Vivid Defacements

Chapter:
(p.131) Conclusion: Vivid Defacements
Source:
American Pietàs
Author(s):

Ruby C. Tapia

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816653102.003.0007

By considering the role of maternal sentiment in national discourses of death and remembering, the book demonstrates the maternal visions that actually determine the value of life according to racialized ideas of national belonging. This chapter concludes that by looking at the ways in which maternal sentiment is deployed and witnessed to elicit feelings about life, death, and resurrection in a variety of visual contexts, people recognize that feeling has become dependent on profoundly limiting but profoundly powerful visions of “the mother.” Upon examination, the discursive structures working to shape the meaning of events and texts within an American national memory have much in common in their repudiating practices and effects, and in their influence on the racialized constructions of the beloved and the disdained.

Keywords:   maternal sentiment, death, remembering, maternal visions, national belonging, American national memory

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