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Race, work, and desire in American literature, 1860-1930

Author: Michele Elam
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 138.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Race, Work, and Desire analyzes the literary representations of work relationships across the color line from the mid nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Michele Birnbaum examines interracial bonds in fiction and literary correspondence by black and white authors and artists - including Elizabeth Keckley, Frances E.W. Harper, W.D. Howells, Grace King, Kate Chopin, Langston Hughes, Amy Spingarn and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Elam
ISBN: 0521824257 9780521824255
OCLC Number: 51848360
Description: x, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: working relations and racial desire --
Dressing down the first lady: Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the scenes, or thirty years a slave and four years in the White House --
Off-color patients in Frances E.W. Harper's Iola Leroy and W.D. Howells's An imperative duty --
'Alien hands' in Kate Chopin's The awakening --
'For blood that is not yours': Langston Hughes and the art of patronage --
Epilogue: 'co-workers in the kingdom of culture'.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 138.
Responsibility: Michele Birnbaum.
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Birnbaum examines representations of interracial work bonds in fiction and literary correspondence by black and white authors and artists - including Elizabeth Keckley, W. D. Howells, Grace King,  Read more...

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