By Cassandra Jackson

This provocative booklet examines the illustration of characters of combined African and eu descent within the works of African American and ecu American writers of the nineteenth century. the significance of mulatto figures as brokers of ideological trade within the American literary culture has but to obtain sustained serious recognition. Going past Sterling Brown’s melodramatic stereotype of the mulatto as "tragic figure," Cassandra Jackson’s shut learn of 9 works of fiction exhibits how the mulatto trope unearths the social, cultural, and political principles of the interval. Jackson uncovers a energetic dialogue in 19th-century fiction in regards to the function of racial ideology within the construction of an American id. She analyzes the topics of race-mixing, the "mulatto," kingdom development, and the social fluidity of race (and its imagined organic pressure) in novels by means of James Fenimore Cooper, Richard Hildreth, Lydia Maria baby, Frances E. W. Harper, Thomas Detter, George Washington Cable, and Charles Chesnutt.

Blacks within the Diaspora—Claude A. Clegg III, editor
Darlene Clark Hine, David Barry Gaspar, and John McCluskey, founding editors

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