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Neither Black Nor White Yet BothThematic Explorations of Interracial Literature$
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Werner Sollors

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195052824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195052824.001.0001

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Code Noir and Literature

Code Noir and Literature

(p.162) Chapter Six Code Noir and Literature
Neither Black Nor White Yet Both

Werner Sollors

Oxford University Press

Law is a crucial element that could and did become the focus of many interracial literary works. The different descriptions of fingernails in interracial literature focused on a detail that repeated in many texts but that rarely if ever constituted an important pivotal element. It was a theme that was unlikely to become plot-constitutive and that remained a minor focus of the works in which it occurred. For example, George Washington Cable, popularly known in Louisiana law as a marriage barrier when he let Madame Delphine say memorably: “'Tis dad lawl Dad law is crezzie! Dad law is a fool!” and let Pere Jerome elaborate that they made the law “to keep the two races separate.”

Keywords:   law, Louisiana, Washington Cable, Madame Delphine, Pere Jerome, marriage

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