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<i>Code Noir</i> and Literature

Werner Sollors

in Neither Black Nor White Yet Both

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195052824
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195052824.003.0007
Code Noir and Literature

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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

Chapter.  12642 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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