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a woman ancestor

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Though Karanja extols Hurston's work as "culture bearer" and literary foremother, and her legacy of resistance, resilience, and achievement, she underscores the pain of her purchase: marginality, invidious criticism and personal scrutiny, impoverishment, ill health, and social alienation.
Best known for her autobiographical novel Ramza (1958), which recounts the struggle of an aristocratic Egyptian woman to marry the man of her choice, Out El Kouloub (1899-1968) is a recently recovered foremother to the many Egyptian women who are writing today.
I can just see our foremother suffragists, many of whom were also abolitionists, beaming from war to ear at the thought that the foundation they laid for an inclusive, representative electorate has evolved to this momentous point.
Next, he describes the textual recovery projects undertaken by white ethnics and African Americans, most notably Alice Walker uncovering the work of her "literary foremother," Zora Neale Hurston.
Faye Hammill states in her review of Jane Austen that Shields's emphasis on the mother-daughter relationship "raises the idea of a female tradition, and constructs Austen as a literary foremother to Shields" (143).
That foremother didn't get to the continent on her own, Savolainen and his colleagues assert.
As Silvera demonstrates with this novel, cultural inscriptions by ethnic women offer an interesting analysis of the hermeneutics of female representation and access to the world, yet cannot be divorced from forms of orientation toward the mother or foremother.
Carlos Rodriguez applies Bloom's "anxiety of influence" theory (3) to deduce that Umpierre's wish in the concluding poem, "The Mar/Garita Poem," is to create a new poetic language that goes beyond the accomplishments of her foremother, concluding that "Julia de Burgos, la Madre, ha quedado atras" (8).
With her courage, her silent vigil and her astonishing political influence Rizpah is the foremother of all the women for peace, the women in black, 4he mothers who search for their children who have "disappeared" in the prisons and camps of the dictators.
And the three women's foremother Myrka was the daughter of the maid Maria and the master of the farm at Snaefellsnes where Maria worked; at the mistress's request, the baby girl was exposed at birth on the banks of the river Myrka, but was accidentally found and rescued by Crazy-Tobbi, a blacksmith at Longufjorur.
With such a foremother, how can lesbians have fallen off the radar, the butt of jokes instead of the vanguard of taste?
Also appearing Saturday will be Erin Harpe, a Delta-style guitarist and singer who patterns herself after Memphis Minnie, a foremother of the blues; powerhouse Lisa Marie, who belts out everything from roots, blues, rockabilly, jazz, swing and funk, and is not too shabby on the harp, either; and relative newcomer Carolyn Waters of Auburn, who has an amazing vocal range that moves effortlessly from folk, gospel and jazz to good old-fashioned foot-stomping blues.
Jewel is on the way to growing into her extraordinary voice, which can mimic singers from Linda Ronstadt to Rickie Lee Jones to Bob Dylan; in Lilith's only homage to a foremother, Jewel sang Patti Smith's ``Dancing Barefoot'' while wearing high heels.
All of a sudden, everywhere I look, mothers are taking to social media to show pictures of themselves doing what their foremothers have done, unassumingly, for centuries.
And yet Modern Welsh Mam remains cheerful, positive and just as bloody-minded as her foremothers, who were as tough as old boots.