Monday, December 4th, 2017...5:29 pmCharlotte Hayden

Introductory paragraph and thesis statement

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My comparative study of the Celtic Revival and Harlem Renaissance concentrates on motherhood as an expression of the movements’ emphasis on national belonging, and as a site upon which to experiment with ways of belonging. Both these movements were formed with the intention of reclaiming or rediscovering national roots. Literature from these movements written by or about women featured two main themes: motherhood and sexual attraction. Why did women feel compelled to write about this, when the men wrote about activism as well as fatherhood and lust? Why do representations of mothers, whether written by men or women, conflate motherhood with sexual desire and suggest the two can only coexist in discord and disharmony? WORKING THESIS STATEMENT: A comparative study of the Celtic Revival and Harlem Renaissance through motherhood, origin, and the sexuality motherhood necessitates helps readers understand the anxieties over national identity being explored in these movements.


QUESTION FOR PEERS: Do you see the parallel between motherhood and nationhood? Does maternity make sense as a lens for studying national belonging?


  • You can definitely close-read the word “Motherland” as a cross of motherhood/nationhood in both movements. I see a contrast between each movement’s view of nationhood, which might suggest a contrast between each movement’s view of motherhood as well.

    In terms of Primary text suggestions: Jean Toomer and Nella Larson come to mind.

  •   Professor Seiler
    December 8th, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Charlotte–since we’ve talked about this project since you wrote this post, let me encourage you again here to own those middle-level CHARLOTTE-driven arguments about what your selected works (as a whole and in various combinations) show us about the CR/HR.

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