Genealogical Counternarratives in the Writings of Mary Carey

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Michelle M. Dowd, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The article discusses themes of motherhood, loss, and spirituality in the writings of Mary Carey including the poem "Upon Ye Sight of My Abortive Birth" and the prose meditation "Betwixt the Soul and the Body." The author's assertion that Carey's work represents a concept of genealogy outside the patrilineal structure of 17th-century families is also explored.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
literature, philology, motherhood, motherhood in literature, grief, genealogy, literary criticism, Mary Carey, 17th century families

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