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Introduction: A Highway through the Wilderness of Post-Reconstruction

CLAUDIA TATE

in Domestic Allegories of Political Desire

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780195108576
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108576.003.0001
Introduction: A Highway through the Wilderness of Post-Reconstruction

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Post-reconstruction is the period wherein extant domestic novels were written by African American women, during the 1890s and the first few years of the twentieth century. These novels are of “genteel domestic feminism,” and are the direct literary predecessors of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. The publication of these novels was create cultural contexts that influenced them. It deals with how these novels were used by black women to enter the literary and intellectual world. The general themes are marriage, family happiness, and prosperity, and the novels attracted an audience of ambitious black Americans who wanted to live their lives normally, despite racial oppression.

Keywords: Zora Neale Hurston; black women; post-reconstruction; African American

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Subjects: Literature

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