By Ruby C. Tapia

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

Tapia explores the results of this argument for racialized productions of demise 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 youngster being pregnant, imaged and controlled in California’s Partnership for liable Parenting campaigns; and renowned buildings of the “Widows of Sept. 11” in print and televisual journalism.

Taken jointly, those a variety 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 demise and remembering. to interact this community is to invite how and towards what finish the racial venture of the country imbues a few maternal our bodies with resurrecting strength and leaves others for lifeless. within the areas among those assorted maternities, says Tapia, U.S. citizen-subjects are born—and reborn.

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