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Patton, Venetria K. 1968-

Works: 9 works in 49 publications in 1 language and 5,540 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Essays  Short stories  Musical texts  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Venetria K Patton
Women in chains : the legacy of slavery in Black women's fiction by Venetria K Patton( )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 2,846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Using writers such as Harriet Wilson, Frances E.W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins, Toni Morrison, Sherley Anne Williams, and Gayl Jones, the author highlights recurring themes and the various responses of black women writers to the issues of race and gender. Time and again these writers link slavery with motherhood - their depictions of black womanhood are tied to the effects of slavery and represented through the black mother. Patton shows that both the image others have of black women as well as black women's own self image is framed and influenced by the history of slavery. This history would have us believe that female slaves were mere breeders and not mothers
The grasp that reaches beyond the grave : the ancestral call in black women's texts by Venetria K Patton( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Grasp That Reaches beyond the Grave investigates the treatment of the ancestor figure in Toni Cade Bambara's The Salt Eaters, Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, Phyllis Alesia Perry's Stigmata and A Sunday in June, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Tananarive Due's The Between, and Julie Dash's film, Daughters of the Dust in order to understand how they draw on African cosmology and the interrelationship of ancestors, elders, and children to promote healing within the African American community. Venetria K. Patton suggests that the experience of slavery with its concomitant view of black women as "natally dead" has impacted African American women writers' emphasis on elders and ancestors as they seek means to counteract notions of black women as somehow disconnected from the progeny of their wombs. This misperception is in part addressed via a rich kinship system, which includes the living and the dead. Patton notes an uncanny connection between depictions of elder, ancestor, and child figures in these texts and Kongo cosmology. These references suggest that these works are examples of Africanisms or African retentions, which continue to impact African American culture."--Publisher's description
Double-take : a revisionist Harlem Renaissance anthology by Venetria K Patton( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together a comprehensive selection of texts from the Harlem Renaissance-a key period in the literary and cultural history of the United States. Offers a unique, balanced collection of writers--men and women, gay and straight, familiar and obscure. Arranged by author, rather than by genre, this anthology includes works from major Harlem Renaissance figures as well as often-overlooked essayists, poets, dramatists, and artists. Contains works from a wide variety of genres--poetry, short stories, drama, and essays, as well as biographical sketches of the authors. Includes most pieces in their entirety. Also includes artwork and illustrations, many of which are from original journals and have never before been reprinted, and song lyrics to illustrate the interrelation of various art forms
Beyond Mammy, Jezebel & Sapphire : reclaiming images of Black women : works from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation by Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Engaging a wide range of experiences and artistic practices, the nine artists featured in this exhibition challenge the controlling images of Black women that continue to pervade our culture and influence perceptions. Their artworks jar loose expectations and replace simplistic narratives with nuanced, sophisticated meditations on contemporary identity. The essays in this publication similarly present a variety of perspectives on the artworks and the ideas they present. Contributions from a diverse group of accomplished scholars, activists, artists, and writers provide multiple viewpoints from which to consider the exhibition and the questions it presents. Together, the artists' works and the author's voices reveal the complexity of identity, the necessity for self-determination, and the power of art to stimulate dialogue." -- Publisher's description
Background readings for teachers of American literature by Venetria K Patton( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women in chains : the legacy of slavery in black women's writing by Venetria K Patton( )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the impact of slavery on the depiction of gender in the texts of black women. I argue that the slave economy attempted to degender the slaves by not acknowledging gender differences. In order to support the view of slaves as mere chattel, slave owners did not treat the slaves as men and women. This does not mean that sexual differences were not maintained--females were raped and used as breeders, but they did not enjoy the gender related designation of "mother." Although the slave system often went against the gender expectations found in American and African societies, the slaves were still impacted by them. The disjunction between these various expectations led to a very different type of gender development for female slaves and their descendants
Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction (SUNY series in Afro-American studies) by Venetria K Patton( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Seen but not heard : the racial gap between feminist discourse and practice by Kimberly D Nettles( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Background readings for teachers of American literature( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

With chapters that address literary and social movements, questions of identity, and the geopolitical aspects of American literature, [this volume] provides an overview of changes in the field of American literary studies and survey of its popular themes. [It] include[s] important scholarship, critical essays, and practical ideas from working teachers. This professional resource offers support to instructors using The Bedford Anthology of American Literature.-Back cover
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Women in chains : the legacy of slavery in Black women's fiction Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction (SUNY series in Afro-American studies)
Double-take : a revisionist Harlem Renaissance anthologyWomen in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women's Fiction (SUNY series in Afro-American studies)
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