Legacies of Intersecting Cultural Conventions


in Domestic Allegories of Political Desire

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780195108576
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855094 | DOI:
Legacies of Intersecting Cultural Conventions

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This chapter augments the cultural grid. Three “legacies” or tracts of dominant cultural conventions of the post-Reconstruction era were intersected by the author. These concern the constructions of gender among black women during the antebellum. These include the interrelationships among skin color, gentility, and social mobility as will be discussed. Among others, this chapter tackles the gender constructions of the black female during the antebellum. Gentility, color, and social mobility of black women are also described. The pedagogy of sentimental literature is expounded. Lastly, this chapter looks at the male and female generic narratives of racial protest. The generic differences between the narratives of the late nineteenth century which dealt with racial protest are also tackled.

Keywords: skin color; gentility; social mobility; sentimentality; post-reconstruction era

Chapter.  8303 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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