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Excursus on the “Tragic Mulatto”; or, the Fate of a Stereotype

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/9780195052824.003.0009
Excursus on the “Tragic Mulatto”; or, the Fate of a Stereotype

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The interracial couple's child may have become more interesting as the topic of fiction than either or both of his parents; and this is here also the expression of a racial interest. In “Inkle and Yarico,” the child to be born is significant only to the point that it makes Inkle's betrayal more theatrical. In fact, there was no child at all yet in Steele's source, Ligon. In Stedman, Johnny's life seems of little significance, so completely defeated by the relation of his parents that Mary Louise Pratt, in her reading of Stedman which focuses on Joanna's resistance to go to England, can ignore the truth that their son Johnny does go to Britain. The time of a full representation of the next interracial generation had not yet come.

Keywords: Inkle; Steele; Ligon; Stedman; Johnny; Joanna; Britain; interracial generation

Chapter.  11980 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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