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Blackface and Pale Gaze: Racialist Sentiment in Stowe, Melville, and London

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posted on 17.02.2017, 00:00 authored by Harvey E Partica
This dissertation examines the role of minstrelsy and romantic racialism in three American writers, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, and Jack London. While Melville’s fiction is critical of facile racial categories, Stowe’s commitment to the abolition of slavery, and London’s commitment to socialism are both vitiated by their racism. Both Stowe and London are deeply indebted to the liberatory tradition of the slave narrative, but ultimately select sentiment, the call of the mythic wild, and the call of the domestic cabin, rather than freedom.

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Advisor

Messenger, Christian

Chair

Messenger, Christian

Department

English

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

Doctoral

Committee Member

Cirillo, Nancy Brown, Nicholas Whelan, Terence Daniel, Jamie

Submitted date

December 2016

Issue date

29/11/2016

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