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By Andreá N. Williams

One of the main huge reports of sophistication in nineteenth-century African American literature up to now, Dividing Lines unveils how black fiction writers represented the uneasy dating among category adjustments, racial cohesion, and the search for civil rights in black groups. by means of portraying complicated, hugely stratified groups with a turning out to be black center type, those authors dispelled notions that black americans have been uniformly bad or uncivilized. The e-book argues that the indicators of sophistication nervousness are embedded in postbellum fiction: from the verbal stammer or prim speech of class-conscious characters to fissures within the fiction's shape. Andreá N. Williams delves into the generic and lesser-known works of Frances E. W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins, Charles W. Chesnutt, Sutton Griggs, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, exhibiting how those texts mediate classification via discussions of work, ethical respectability, ancestry, spatial obstacles, and epidermis complexion. Dividing Lines additionally attracts on reader responses—from e-book reports, editorials, and letters—to express how the category nervousness expressed in African American fiction at once sparked reader issues over the prestige of black americans within the U.S. social order. Weaving literary heritage with compelling textual analyses, this research yields new insights concerning the intersection of race and sophistication in black novels and brief tales from the Eighteen Eighties to 1900s.

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