From Domestic Happiness to Racial Despair


in Domestic Allegories of Political Desire

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780195108576
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855094 | DOI:
From Domestic Happiness to Racial Despair

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This chapter looks at the growing impact of literary realism through the character portrayal of Tillman’s heroines. It also charts the background of the serial heroines in Hopkins’ works from domestic happiness to social despair. Racial despair transforms the strategy of racial reform into individual efforts of personal transformation in the serial works of Hopkins. In summary, in this chapter, the heroine’s work is expounded. Moreover, the black heroines, the racial discourse, formula novels, and the test of true love are explicated. The past three chapters gave the author’s argument that the post-reconstruction domestic novels by black women were empathic expressive forces about freedom dreamt of by African Americans. These either transform the dream into a consummation of civil liberty or displace the dream for safekeeping.

Keywords: domestic happiness; social despair; heroines; civil liberty; literary realism; Hopkins

Chapter.  14601 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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