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The Resource Domestic allegories of political desire : the Black heroine's text at the turn of the century, Claudia Tate

Domestic allegories of political desire : the Black heroine's text at the turn of the century, Claudia Tate

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Domestic allegories of political desire : the Black heroine's text at the turn of the century
Title
Domestic allegories of political desire
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the Black heroine's text at the turn of the century
Statement of responsibility
Claudia Tate
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Language
eng
Summary
Why did African-American women novelists use idealized stories of bourgeois courtship and marriage to mount arguments on social reform during the last decade of the nineteenth century - a time when resurgent racism conditioned the lives of all black Americans? Such stories now seem like apolitical fantasies to contemporary readers. In this study, Tate explores this apparent paradox through an examination of the novels of Pauline Hopkins, Emma Kelley, Amelia Johnson, Katherine Tillman, and Frances Harper. Domestic Allegories of Political Desire is more than a literary study; it is also a social and intellectual history - a cultural critique of a period that historian Rayford W. Logan called "the Dark Ages of recent American history." Against a rich contextual framework, extending from abolitionist protest to the Black Aesthetic, Tate argues that the idealized marriage plot in these novels does not merely depict the heroine's happiness and economic prosperity. Instead, that plot encodes a resonant cultural narrative - a domestic allegory - about the political ambitions of an emancipated people. Once this domestic allegory of political desire is unmasked, it can be seen as a significant discourse of the post-Reconstruction era for representing African Americans' collective dreams about freedom and for reconstructing those contested dreams into fictive consummations of civil liberty. Domestic Allegories of Political Desire is cultural criticism, cutting across the traditional disciplines of history, sociology, literature, and ethnology. By examining lost works, this book recovers the domestic heroine as a signifier of citizenship for African Americans, and domesticity as a discourse of black political agency. With this important work, Tate joins the ranks of leading scholars of African-American culture. It is essential reading for those interested in the intersection of race, gender, and class in American, African-American, and women's studies
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Tate, Claudia
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non fiction
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  • Domestic fiction, American
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • African American women
  • Politics and literature
  • Women and literature
  • African American women in literature
  • Heroines in literature
  • Marriage in literature
  • Desire in literature
  • Allegory
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Domestic allegories of political desire : the Black heroine's text at the turn of the century, Claudia Tate
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-290) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Maternal discourses as antebellum social protest -- Legacies of Intersecting cultural conventions -- To vote and to marry: locating a gendered and historicized model of interpretation -- Allegories of gender and class as discourses of political desire -- Sexual discourses of political reform of the post-reconstruction era -- Revising the patriarchal texts of husband and wife in real and fictive words -- From domestic happiness to racial despair -- Domestic tragedy as racial protest
Control code
25049379
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 302 pages
Isbn
9780195073898
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91046931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1485690
Label
Domestic allegories of political desire : the Black heroine's text at the turn of the century, Claudia Tate
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Maternal discourses as antebellum social protest -- Legacies of Intersecting cultural conventions -- To vote and to marry: locating a gendered and historicized model of interpretation -- Allegories of gender and class as discourses of political desire -- Sexual discourses of political reform of the post-reconstruction era -- Revising the patriarchal texts of husband and wife in real and fictive words -- From domestic happiness to racial despair -- Domestic tragedy as racial protest
Control code
25049379
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 302 pages
Isbn
9780195073898
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91046931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1485690

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