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Hall, Ashley/ ARH (2016) THEORIZING RIVAL RHETORICS OF BLACK MATERNITIES: IMAGINING (RE)PRODUCTIVE LIFE IN SOCIAL DEATH. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation considers the ways that Black women navigate the anti-black violence that constrains them, creating social life within social death via their
(re)production. The narratives of racial difference embedded within cultural pathology criminalizing Black women’s attempts to “produce properly” has meant that they have had to find creative ways to mother and empower themselves. In de-centering a concern for mothering as biological, this study primarily focuses on the ways Black women mother self via their strategies of self-care. Ashley draws from and speak to the history of Black women’s particular (re)productive struggles to imagine a different kind of rhetorical framework, Black Maternal Futurism (BMF). Black Feminist Studies, Black Queer Studies, and Afro-pessimism & Afro-futurism constitute the theoretical landscape in which she positions this project on Black mothering, sexual expression, and (re)production. In imagining rhetoric as “something different,” this project analyzes rhetorics produced by Black women about their mothering to gain a deeper understanding as to how they negotiate a violent, anti-black world.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hall, Ashley/ ARHarh76@pitt.eduARH76
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairReid-Brinkley, Shanara/
Committee CoChairMalin, Brent/ BMbmalin@pitt.eduBMALIN
Committee MemberZboray, Ron/ RZzboray@pitt.eduZBORAY
Committee MemberDuck, Waverly/ WDwod1@pitt.eduWOD1
Date: 29 September 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 April 2016
Approval Date: 29 September 2016
Submission Date: 19 June 2016
Access Restriction: 3 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 3 years.
Number of Pages: 228
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black women,Black mothering, Reproduction, gendered blackness, state violence, rhetoric, Black Maternal Futurism, Black girl magic, Self-care, anti-blackness
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2016 01:44
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:33


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