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Blood Talk: American Race Melodrama and the Culture of the Occult

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The United States has seldom known a period of greater social and cultural volatility, especially in terms of race relations, than the years from the end of Reconstruction to the First World War. In this highly original study, Susan Gillman explores the rise during this period of a remarkable genre—the race melodrama—and the way in which it converged with literary trends, popular history, fringe movements, and mainstream interest in supernatural phenomena.

Blood Talk shows how race melodrama emerged from abolitionist works such as Uncle Tom's Cabin and surprisingly manifested itself in a set of more aesthetically and politically varied works, such as historical romances, sentimental novels, the travel literature of Mark Twain, the regional fiction of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable, and the work of W. E. B. Du Bois. Gillman then uses the race melodrama to show how racial discourses in the United States have been entangled with occultist phenomena, from the rituals of the Ku Klux Klan and the concept of messianic second-sight to the production of conspiracy theories and studies of dreams and trances.

About the Author

Susan Gillman is a professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Dark Twins: Imposture and Identity in Mark Twain's America and coeditor of Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson: Race, Conflict, and Culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Chapter One

American Race Melodramas in the Culture of the Occult

An Introduction

Chapter Two

Pauline Hopkins and Blood Talk

Revising Racial Science, Telling Race History in Maternal Melodramas

Chapter Three

Procrustean Bedfellows?

Black Nationalism and White Supremacy at the Turn of the Century

Chapter Four

Mark Twain and Fellow Occult Travelers

Chapter Five

W. E. B. Du Bois and Occult History

Epilogue

The Politics of Occult Time;

or, But Is It Any Good?

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226293905
Author:
Gillman, Susan Kay
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Gillman, Susan
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Race in literature
Subject:
Occultism in literature
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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