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A question of character : scientific racism and the genres of American fiction, 1892-1912

Author: Cathy Boeckmann
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©2000.
Series: Studies in American literary realism and naturalism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In A Question of Character, Cathy Boeckmann establishes a strong link between racial questions and the development of literary traditions at the end of the 19th century in America. This period saw the rise of "scientific racism," which claimed that the races were distinguished not solely by exterior appearance but also by a set of inherited character traits. As Boeckmann explains, this emphasis on character meant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cathy Boeckmann
ISBN: 0817310215 9780817310219
OCLC Number: 42022208
Description: viii, 238 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Scientific racism, character, and American fiction --
Thomas Dixon and the rhetorical mulatto --
Pudd'nhead Wilson's phrenological photograph --
Howells and Chesnutt: the racial uses of genre --
Character and black art in The autobiography of an ex-Coloured man --
Epilogue: race and representation --
Notes --
Works cited --
Index.
Series Title: Studies in American literary realism and naturalism.
Responsibility: Cathy Boeckmann.
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