The Resource Black and white strangers : race and American literary realism, Kenneth W. Warren

Black and white strangers : race and American literary realism, Kenneth W. Warren

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Black and white strangers : race and American literary realism
Title
Black and white strangers
Title remainder
race and American literary realism
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Kenneth W. Warren
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Black & white strangers
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race and American literary realism
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Language
eng
Summary
From Abraham Lincoln's wry observation that Harriet Beecher Stowe was "the little lady who made this big war" to Mark Twain's "wild proposition" that Walter Scott had somehow touched off sectional hostilities, there have been many competing theories about the impact of literature on nineteenth-century American society. In this provocative book, Kenneth W. Warren argues that the rise of literary realism late in the century was shaped by and in turn helped to shape the politics of racial difference following Reconstruction. Taking up a variety of novelists from this period, including most prominently Henry James and William Dean Howells, Warren demonstrates that even works not directly concerned with race were instrumental in forging a Jim Crow nation. As a literary history, Black and White Strangers places the writing of realistic novels within the context of their serialization in the monthly magazines of the 1880s. By viewing these novels in light of editorial policies regarding social propriety, national unity, and literary aesthetics, Warren reveals the often surprising ways in which realistic fiction at once challenged and abetted the growing conservatism of racial politics. Warren also seeks to bridge the gap between American and African-American literary studies, which have hitherto been "strangers" to each other. James and Howells, he argues, can be understood fully only when read alongside W.E.B. Du Bois and Frances E.W. Harper; James's The American Scene, for instance must be seen as a companion text to Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk. In making these connections, Warren challenges American and African-American studies to see themselves as mutually constitutive enterprises and to question the value of canon-based criticism in any complete investigation of the meaning of "race" in American cultural history
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DLC
Dewey number
810.9/3520396073
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.N4
LC item number
W367 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Black literature and culture
Black and white strangers : race and American literary realism, Kenneth W. Warren
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  • Spine title: Black & white strangers
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-162) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Reading Henry James -- 2. Aesthetics, race, and "warrants of decency" -- 3. The persistence of Uncle Tom and the problem of critical distinction -- 4. Black and white strangers
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ocm27066246
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23 cm.
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Extent
ix, 168 pages
Isbn
9780226873848
Lccn
92042646
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)27066246

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