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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


“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


“A Form of Insanity Which Overtakes White Men”

Veronica T. Watson

in The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617038891
eISBN:
9781621039808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038891.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter theorizes white double consciousness by analyzing W.E.B. DuBois’ and Charles Chesnutt’s engagements with the late nineteenth and early twentieth century discourse of neurasthenia. ... 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


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