Download PDF by Cassandra Jackson: Barriers Between Us: Interracial Sex In Nineteenth-century

By Cassandra Jackson

ISBN-10: 0253110459

ISBN-13: 9780253110459

ISBN-10: 0253345111

ISBN-13: 9780253345110

This provocative ebook examines the illustration of characters of combined African and ecu descent within the works of African American and ecu American writers of the nineteenth century. the significance of mulatto figures as brokers of ideological alternate within the American literary culture has but to obtain sustained severe recognition. Going past Sterling Brown's melodramatic stereotype of the mulatto as "tragic figure," Cassandra Jackson's shut research of 9 works of fiction indicates how the mulatto trope unearths the social, cultural, and political principles of the interval. Jackson uncovers a energetic dialogue in 19th-century fiction in regards to the position of racial ideology within the production of an American identification. She analyzes the subjects of race-mixing, the "mulatto," country development, and the social fluidity of race (and its imagined organic pressure) in novels by means of James Fenimore Cooper, Richard Hildreth, Lydia Maria baby, Frances E. W. Harper, Thomas Detter, George Washington Cable, and Charles Chesnutt.Blacks within the Diaspora -- Claude A. Clegg III, editorDarlene Clark Hine, David Barry Gaspar, and John McCluskey, founding editors

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Were it not for a few passages which we could hardly attribute to a female pen, we might suppose it the production of a lady. . But it appears to be the work of a man—and a man of singular strength and power of mind. . 3 Others offered harsher criticisms. 4 Though there were those, like Child, who praised the novel for its truthtelling, one need look no further than the plot for the source of the controversy surrounding the novel. The central character, Archy, the nearly A Land without Names 31 white son of a mixed-race slave and her master, initiates a love affair with his half-sister Cassy, another nearly white mixed-race slave.

Implicit in the problem of namelessness is the lack of sexual accountability that it permits, not merely for the slaveholder but for the slave as well. Through Archy’s intense ardor toward Cassy, Hildreth demonstrates how this innate passion overwhelms individual discernment. Archy is absorbed by his attraction to Cassy with an “intoxication of passion” that makes him capable of ignoring the abuses of slavery that surround him as long as they do not interfere with his visits to Cassy. Even after Colonel Moore makes his intentions toward Cassy known, Archy remains immersed in his lustful happiness: “The ecstasy of passion still supported me.

Without clearly defined and acknowledged links that locate station, relationship, and even racial identity, incest seems inevitable. Incest symbolizes the absence of a well-defined social system. Ann Dalke notes that in early American novels, class anxiety was often represented in the form of incest. 30 Oddly, in the case of Archy Moore, Colonel Moore and Archy are perfectly aware of their relationship to Cassy. But their profound sexual desires for Cassy inspire them to consciously deny the relationship.

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