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Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in U.S. Drama and Fiction

Diana Rebekkah Paulin

Abstract

This book examines the vital role that nineteenth- and twentieth-century dramatic and literary enactments played in the constitution and consolidation of race in the United States. The text investigates how these representations produced, and were produced by, the black-white binary that informed them in a wide variety of texts written across the period between the Civil War and World War I—by Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Dixon, J. Rosamond Johnson, Charles Chesnutt, James Weldon Johnson, William Dean Howells, and many others. The book’s “miscegenated reading practices” reframe the critical cultu ... More

Keywords: race, Civil War, World War I, Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Dixon, J. Rosamond Johnson, Charles Chesnutt, reading, gender, black-white divide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816670987
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670987.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Rebekkah Paulin, author
Associate Professor of English & American Studies, Trinity College