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Domestic Allegories of Political Desire: The Black Heroine’s Text at the Turn of the Century

Claudia Tate

Abstract

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 19th century, during a time when resurgent racism conditioned the lives of all black Americans? Such stories now seem like apolitical fantasies to contemporary readers. This is the question at the centre of this book’s examination of the novels of Pauline Hopkins, Emma Kelley, Amelia Johnson, Katherine Tillman, and Frances Harper. The book is a literary study, but also a social and intellectual history—a cultural critique of a peri ... More

Keywords: women novelists, bourgeois courtship, social reform, Pauline Hopkins, Emma Kelley, Amelia Johnson, Katherine Tillman, Frances Harper, domestic allegory, political ambitions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195108576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108576.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Tate, author
George Washington University