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White Writers, Race Matters: Fictions of Racial Liberalism from Stowe to Stockett

Gregory S. Jay

Abstract

White liberal race fiction has been an enduringly popular genre in American literary history. It includes widely read and taught works such as Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird along with period bestsellers now sometimes forgotten. Hollywood regularly adapted them into blockbusters, reinforcing their cultural influence. These novels and films protest slavery, confront stereotypes, dramatize social and legal injustices, engage the political controversies of their time, and try to move readers emotionally toward taking action. The literary forms and arguments of these books derive from ... More

Keywords: Racism, Liberalism, Fiction, Whiteness, American Studies, Literary History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190687229
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190687229.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory S. Jay, author
Professor of English, University Wisconsin--Milwaukee