Accession Number : ADA267544


Title :   The Gendered Narrator: The Voice of the God/Mother in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Dred


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Ross, Susan C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a267544.pdf


Report Date : May 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 84


Abstract : Stowe's second slave novel, received in the shadow of Uncle Tom's Cabin, has met with rather mixed reviews since its publication. The novel is narrated in a unique way, reflecting Stowe's idea of women's role in society. I call this role, and this narrator, the God/mother. She is creative and nurturing, authoritative and motherly, didactic and intrusive. The God/mother emerges as she recreates herself in her heroines, narrates in the halting and disrupted rhythm of domestic life, and asks the reader to be an obedient child that will take the moral to heart. How readers respond to a text is based on expectations created by social issues, the genre, and the author. Dred's initial reception is evidence that its earliest readers were not entirely predisposed to accept the role of the obedient child.


Descriptors :   *DOMESTIC , *WOMEN , *SOCIAL SCIENCES , SOCIETIES , THESES , HEART , SHADOWS , SOCIOLOGY , DOCUMENTS , HISTORY , RECEPTION


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE