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Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, and the Politics of Literary Anti-Racism

Sandra Gunning

in Rape, Race, and Lynching: The Red Record of American Literature, 1890–1912

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195099904
eISBN:
9780199855100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099904.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The chapter discusses responses of African Americans and American whites to the racialized and gendered discursive patterns of nineteenth-century white supremacist fiction. The author focuses on how ... More


Racial Mixing and Textual Remixing: Charles Chesnutt

Daniel Hack

in Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196930
eISBN:
9781400883745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196930.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter studies how Charles Chesnutt's engagement with Victorian literature forms a plot of its own. This plot develops over time and ultimately brings to the surface aspects of this engagement ... More


“The Stolen Voice”: Charles Chesnutt, Whiteness, and the Politics of Folklore

Shirley Moody-Turner

in Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617038853
eISBN:
9781621039785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038853.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Chapter five details how Charles Chesnutt, in The Conjure Woman (1899), experimented with African American folklore, especially conjure and ritual, as a way to critique the existing epistemological ... More


The Properties of Marriage in Chesnutt and Hopkins

Jeffory A. Clymer

in Family Money: Property, Race, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199897704
eISBN:
9780199980123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897704.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Chapter 5 examines the economic stakes of Jim Crow–era antimiscegenation laws as imagined in the fiction of Charles Chesnutt and Pauline Hopkins. The significance of these 1890s Black Family Romances ... More


Piazza Tales: Architecture, Race, and Memory in Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Stories

William A. Gleason

in Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814732465
eISBN:
9780814733271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814732465.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter looks at the second phase of Charles Chesnutt's Uncle Julius stories, the so-called “piazza tales” which centers on the southern piazza as the central imaginative location in the conjure ... More


Wedded to Race: Charles Chesnutt’s

Tess Chakkalakal

in Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036330
eISBN:
9780252093388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on Charles Chesnutt's postslavery fiction and criticism that, in some respects, might be read as offering one of the most effective counterarguments to Harper's view of marriage ... More


Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt

Susan Prothro Wright and Ernestine Pickens Glass (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734164
eISBN:
9781621036050
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734164.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This is a book that reevaluates Charles W. Chesnutt’s deft manipulation of the “passing” theme to expand understanding of the author’s fiction and nonfiction. Nine chapters apply a variety of ... More


Staging the Unspoken Terror

Diana Rebekkah Paulin

in Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in U.S. Drama and Fiction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816670987
eISBN:
9781452947204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816670987.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter explores the acrimonious debates over interracial unions in post-Reconstruction America as well as the ways in which the meanings of miscegenation were reconfigured as a staging ground ... More


Ancient History, American Time: Charles Chesnutt and the Sites of Memory

John Levi Barnard

in Empire of Ruin: Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190663599
eISBN:
9780190663629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190663599.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter considers the ways Charles Chesnutt and other writers at the turn of the twentieth century critically responded to the project of postbellum national reconciliation, which involved not ... More


From Swamp Doctor to Conjure Woman: Exploring “Science” and Race in Nineteenth-Century America

Bruce Blansett

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines important intersections between Henry Clay Lewis’s Odd Leaves from the Life of a Louisiana Swamp Doctor and Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales. It ... More


Failed Futures: Of Prophecy and Pessimism at the Nadir

Gregory Laski

in Untimely Democracy: The Politics of Progress After Slavery

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190642792
eISBN:
9780190642815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190642792.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the uses of the unfulfilled in the writings of Charles W. Chesnutt and Sutton E. Griggs. While both authors sought politically progressive ends, Chesnutt and Griggs deployed ... More


A Straight-Talking Advocate

Carolyn L. Karcher

in A Refugee from His Race: Albion W. Tourgée and His Fight against White Supremacy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627953
eISBN:
9781469627977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627953.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 1 introduces Tourgée and illuminates his ethos, first, by tracing his career from the Reconstruction era to 1890, when he entered on his most intensive collaboration with African Americans, ... More


Choking in Chesnutt

Michael T. Gilmore

in The War on Words: Slavery, Race, and Free Speech in American Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226294131
eISBN:
9780226294155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226294155.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Charles W. Chesnutt's writings, as a black author, reassert the minority's right to the ruling caste's technology of literacy. Chesnutt's dramatization in The Marrow of Tradition played an essential ... More


Trickster Poetics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Rei Magosaki

in Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780823271306
eISBN:
9780823271351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823271306.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter is on writers considered to be “the first” African American and Asian American literature: Charles Chesnutt and Sui Sin Far. The chapters explore the “double-voiced” acts of ... More


Literature and Visual Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Amanda Brickell Bellows

in American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655543
eISBN:
9781469655567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655543.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

In the early twentieth century, an increasingly diverse group of Russians and Americans reflected upon their changing worlds in literature and visual culture. They produced competing representations ... More


Crumbling into Dust: Conjure and the Ruins of Empire

John Levi Barnard

in Empire of Ruin: Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190663599
eISBN:
9780190663629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190663599.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter situates Chesnutt’s writing within a tradition of black classicism as political engagement and historical critique extending from the antebellum period to the twentieth century and ... More


Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Ed Piacentino (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Since its inception in the early 1830s, southern frontier humor (also known as the humor of the Old Southwest) has had enduring appeal. The onset of the new millennium precipitated an impressive ... More


Another Long Bridge: Textual Atavism in Hagar’s Daughter

Holly Jackson

in American Blood: The Ends of the Family in American Literature, 1850-1900

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199317042
eISBN:
9780199369256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199317042.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter examines Pauline Hopkins’s verbatim reproduction of the Long Bridge narrative from William Wells Brown’s Clotel (which, as Chapter 2 reveals, was already a verbatim reproduction of a ... More


Passing for Black in Pactolus Prime

Carolyn L. Karcher

in A Refugee from His Race: Albion W. Tourgée and His Fight against White Supremacy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627953
eISBN:
9781469627977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627953.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter 2 focuses on Tourgée’s 1890 novel Pactolus Prime, in which he blasted white racism and white Christianity through the mouth of his title character, an African American bootblack who has ... More


Estrangement on a Train: Race and Narratives of American Identity in The Marrow of Tradition and America through the Spectacles of an Oriental Diplomat

Julia H. Lee

in Interracial Encounters: Reciprocal Representations in African and Asian American Literatures, 1896-1937

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814752555
eISBN:
9780814752579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814752555.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter explores how the dynamics of interracial triangulation are taken up by Charles Chesnutt in his novel The Marrow of Tradition (1901) and by Wu Tingfang in his memoir America through the ... More


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