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The word in black and white : reading "race" in American literature, 1638-1867

Author: Dana D Nelson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study aims to describe the ways in which white American authors constructed "race" in their work from the time of the first colonists up to the period of the Civil War. The book focuses on a  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dana D Nelson
ISBN: 0195065921 9780195065923
OCLC Number: 23211181
Description: xvi, 189 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Uncommon need : "race" in early American literature --
Economies of morality and power : reading "race" in two colonial texts --
Romancing the border : Bird, Cooper, Simms, and the frontier novel --
W/Righting history : sympathy as strategy in Hope Leslie and A Romance of the republic --
Ethnocentrism decentered : colonial motives in The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym --
"For the gaze of the whites" : the crisis of the subject in "Benito Cereno" --
"Read the characters, question the motives" : Harriett Jacobs's Incidents in the life of a slave girl.
Responsibility: Dana D. Nelson.
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