Domestic Tragedy as Racial Protest


in Domestic Allegories of Political Desire

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780195108576
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855094 | DOI:
Domestic Tragedy as Racial Protest

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In this chapter, selected works of Angelina Weld Grimke are looked on to elucidate three important sites in the tradition of black writing. The first site marks a point when the plot of ideal domesticity became tragic; hence, the domestic story is empowered to express the unreserved and explicit racial protest. The second one marks a point when African American literature in general directed its attention to civil discourses to address grievances of race. Finally, the third site describes early appearances of what twentieth-century readers would later term modern anxiety and modernist discursive strategies. The chapter ends with a statement that black expressive culture seems to oscillate between embracing or repudiating assimilation, which redefines the black identity from white America.

Keywords: domestic tragedy; racial protest; Angelina Grimke; black women; domesticity; black writing

Chapter.  9342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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