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American Pietàs: Visions of Race, Death, and the Maternal

Ruby C. Tapia


This book reveals how visual representations of racialized motherhood shape and reflect national citizenship. By means of a sustained engagement with Roland Barthes’s suturing of race, death, and the maternal in Camera Lucida, the book contends that the contradictory essence of the photograph is both a signifier of death and a guarantor of resurrection. The book explores the implications of this argument for racialized productions of death and the maternal in the context of specific cultural moments: the commemoration of Princess Diana in U.S. magazines; the intertext of Toni Morrison’s and Ho ... More

Keywords: visual representations, motherhood, Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida, Princess Diana, Toni Morrison, American Pietàs, Partnership for Responsible Parenting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816653102
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816653102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruby C. Tapia, author
Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies, University of Michigan