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To Vote and to Marry: Locating a Gendered and Historicized Model of Interpretation

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/9780195108576.003.0004
To Vote and to Marry: Locating a Gendered and Historicized Model of Interpretation

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In this chapter, the antagonistic discourses of marriage and freedom are highlighted in two modern novels by black people. Comparing the axioms of twentieth-century “black aesthetics” to the nineteenth-century critical imperatives of race literature, the author postulates a reading model that will recover the politicization of the desire of the heroine as an unequivocal discourse in the domestic fictions of the post-reconstruction era. Three studies were instructive on the formulation of such a model. These were works by the female authors Hazel V. Carby, Nancy Armstrong, and Jane Tompkins. This chapter includes a wide discussion on the antagonistic discourses of marriage and freedom as a modern paradigm, twentieth-century imperatives, the aesthetic of race literature, and domestic desire as a political discourse.

Keywords: marriage; voting; freedom; black aesthetics; domestic desire; political discourse

Chapter.  13092 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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