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Belabored Professions: Narratives of African American Working Womanhood Paperback – October 31, 2005


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"Offers the promising approach of using labor as a means to parse the interlocking identities of race, class, and gender."
-- "American Historical Review"

"Widens the frame of analysis for reading the lives and texts of nineteenth-century Black women. . . . A must read for scholars, teachers, and students of gender, race, and class studies as well as literary studies."
-- "Legacy"

"Providing an erudite analysis of an under-appreciated text, Santamarina deepens our understanding of nineteenth-century black working women's commitment to making and disseminating knowledge about themselves, their community, and the wider world. Such insight makes "Belabored Professions" an invaluable contribution to the fields of literary criticism, American history, and African American studies."
-- "North Carolina Historical Review"

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Offers the promising approach of using labor as a means to parse the interlocking identities of race, class, and gender.--American Historical Review



Providing an erudite analysis of an under-appreciated text, Santamarina deepens our understanding of nineteenth-century black working women's commitment to making and disseminating knowledge about themselves, their community, and the wider world. Such insight makes Belabored Professions an invaluable contribution to the fields of literary criticism, American history, and African American studies.--North Carolina Historical Review



If the only accomplishment of this book were to provide new information about the four women and their texts, it would be a welcome contribution to the field. That it accomplishes so much more makes it an awesome addition. Xiomara Santamarina takes texts that have refused to fit comfortably into existing paradigms and shows us how to reshape our paradigms to fit the rediscovered texts. She appropriately blends labor history and literary analysis, cultural studies and feminist theory into a proper consistency with which to work the materials of nineteenth-century African American women's lives. Without sacrificing interest or accessibility, Belabored Professions becomes a model for others who labor in the research profession itself.--Frances Smith Foster, Emory University
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