American Pietas: Visions of Race, Death, and the Maternal by Ruby C. Tapia PDF

By Ruby C. Tapia

In American Pietàs, Ruby C. Tapia finds how visible representations of racialized motherhood form and mirror nationwide citizenship. via a sustained engagement with Roland Barthes’s suturing of race, dying, and the maternal in Camera Lucida, Tapia contends that the contradictory essence of the photo is either as a signifier of dying and a guarantor of resurrection.

Tapia explores the results of this argument for racialized productions of dying and the maternal within the context of particular cultural moments: the commemoration of Princess Diana in U.S. magazines; the intertext of Toni Morrison’s and Hollywood’s Beloved; the social and cultural demise in teenager being pregnant, imaged and controlled in California’s Partnership for liable Parenting campaigns; and renowned buildings of the “Widows of September 11” in print and televisual journalism.

Taken jointly, those a number of visible media texts functionality in American Pietàs as cultural artifacts and as visible nodes in a bigger community of racialized productions of maternal our bodies in contexts of nationwide loss of life and remembering. to have interaction this community is to invite how and towards what finish the racial undertaking of the state imbues a few maternal our bodies with resurrecting energy and leaves others for useless. within the areas among those diverse maternities, says Tapia, U.S. citizen-subjects are born—and reborn.

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