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Race Mixture in Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Spanish American Fictions: Gender, Culture, and Nation Building

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Race mixture has played a formative role in the history of the Americas, from the western expansion of the United States to the political consolidation of emerging nations in Latin America. Debra J. Rosenthal examines nineteenth-century authors in the United States and Spanish America who struggled to give voice to these contemporary dilemmas about interracial sexual and cultural mixing.

Rosenthal argues that many literary representations of intimacy or sex took on political dimensions, whether advocating assimilation or miscegenation or defending the status quo. She also examines the degree to which novelists reacted to beliefs about skin differences, blood taboos, incest, desire, or inheritance laws. Rosenthal discusses U.S. authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Walt Whitman, William Dean Howells, and Lydia Maria Child as well as contemporary novelists from Cuba, Peru, and Ecuador, such as Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Clorinda Matto de Turner, and Juan Leon Mera. With her multinational approach, Rosenthal explores the significance of racial hybridity to national and literary identity and participates in the wider scholarly effort to broaden critical discussions about America to include the Americas.

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Rosenthal examines the political nature of intimacy and sex in novels about miscegenation. She discusses authors from the U.S. (Cooper, Sedgwick, Twain, Whitman, Howells, and Harper) as well as contemporary novelists from Cuba, Peru and Ecuador.

About the Author

Debra J. Rosenthal is associate professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has edited or coedited several books, including Mixing Race, Mixing Culture: Inter-American Literary Dialogues and A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807855645
Author:
Rosenthal, Debra J.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
Literature, comparative
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Race in literature
Subject:
Slavery in literature
Subject:
Race relations in literature
Subject:
Spanish American fiction
Subject:
Racism in literature
Subject:
Miscegenation in literature.
Subject:
Racially mixed people in literature.
Subject:
American
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
Central & South American
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
miscegenation; hybridity; comparitive literature of the Americas; Pan-American; inter-American; trans-American; hemispheric literary study; race; interracial mixture; National idenity; Nineteenth century; Juan Leon Mera; James Fenimore Cooper; Clorinda Ma
Subject:
Miscegenation
Subject:
Hybridity
Subject:
comparitive literature of the Americas
Subject:
Pan-American
Subject:
inter-American
Subject:
trans-American
Subject:
hemispheric literary study
Subject:
Race
Subject:
interracial mixture
Subject:
National idenity
Subject:
Nineteenth century
Subject:
Juan Leon Mera
Subject:
James Fenimore Cooper
Subject:
Clorinda Matto de Turner
Subject:
Lydia Maria Child
Subject:
Helen Hunt Jackson
Subject:
Catharine Maria Sedgewick
Subject:
Walt Whitman
Subject:
Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda
Subject:
William Dean Howells
Subject:
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Cat
Subject:
harine Maria Sedgewick
Subject:
Mi-
Subject:
scegenation
Subject:
HE
Subject:
len Hunt Jackson
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
20
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Rosenthal examines the political nature of intimacy and sex in novels about miscegenation. She discusses authors from the U.S. (Cooper, Sedgwick, Twain, Whitman, Howells, and Harper) as well as contemporary novelists from Cuba, Peru and Ecuador.
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