The "Tragic Mulatta" Revisited: Race and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Antislavery Fiction
Eve Allegra RaimonISBN: 0813534828;
Book Description"This very sophisticated book is distinguished by taking the figure of the tragic mulatto seriously as an embodiment of central concerns about race and nation in the antebellum United States."?Michael Bennett, Long Island University,Brooklyn Since its inception, the United States has been intensely preoccupied with interracialism. The concept is embedded everywhere in our social and political fabric, including our sense of national identity. And yet, in both its quantitative and symbolic forms, interracialism remains an extremely elusive phenomenon, causing policy makers and census boards to wrangle over how to delineate it and, on an emblematic level, stirring intense emotions from fear to fascination. In The "Tragic Mulatta" Revisited, Eve Allegra Raimon focuses on the mixed-race female slave in literature, arguing that this figure became a symbolic vehicle for explorations of race and nation?both of which were in crisis in the mid-nineteenth century....
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