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Black and White Strangers

Race and American Literary Realism

In a major contribution to the study of race in American literature, Kenneth W. Warren argues that late-nineteenth-century literary realism was shaped by and in turn helped to shape post-Civil War racial politics. Taking up a variety of novelists, including Henry James and William Dean Howells, he shows that even works not directly concerned with race were instrumental in the return after reconstruction to a racially segregated society.

178 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1993

Black Literature and Culture

Black Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: American and Canadian Literature

Table of 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


Gustavus Myers Ctr/Study of Human Rights: Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award

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