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Gothic passages : racial ambiguity and the American gothic / Justin D. Edwards.

By: Edwards, Justin D, 1970-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on EBSCOhost.Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c2003Description: 1 online resource (xxxiii, 145 p.).ISBN: 1587294206 (electronic bk.); 9781587294204 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Horror tales, American -- History and criticism | American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Gothic revival (Literature) -- United States | Racially mixed people in literature | Passing (Identity) in literature | Ambiguity in literature | Race in literatureAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Gothic passages.DDC classification: 813/.0872909355 LOC classification: PS374.G68 | E39 2003Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Hybrid bodies and gothic narratives in Poe's Pym -- Gothic travels in Melville's Benito Cereno -- Passing and abjection in William and Ellen Craft's Running a thousand miles for freedom -- The epistemology of the body; or, gothic secrets in Frances E.W. Harper's Iola Leroy -- Genetic atavism and the return of the repressed in William Dean Howell's An imperative duty -- The haunted house behind the cedars: Charles W. Chesnutt and the "white negro" -- Epilogue: twentieth-century gothicism and racial ambiguity.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [123]-139) and index.

Hybrid bodies and gothic narratives in Poe's Pym -- Gothic travels in Melville's Benito Cereno -- Passing and abjection in William and Ellen Craft's Running a thousand miles for freedom -- The epistemology of the body; or, gothic secrets in Frances E.W. Harper's Iola Leroy -- Genetic atavism and the return of the repressed in William Dean Howell's An imperative duty -- The haunted house behind the cedars: Charles W. Chesnutt and the "white negro" -- Epilogue: twentieth-century gothicism and racial ambiguity.

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CHOICE Review

Edwards's title is apt. His book is about African Americans in 19th-century fiction passing as white (and other "racial ambiguities") and about authors' occasional use of gothic style or motifs in nongothic fiction. In his introduction, Edwards (Univ. of Copenhagen) traces critical discussions of the American gothic, particularly in reference to race, from Leslie Fiedler' s Love and Death in the American Novel (1960) on. He discusses works published both before the Civil War--Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, Melville's Benito Cereno, and William Craft and Ellen Crafts' largely historical Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery--and after it--Frances E. W. Harper's Iola Leroy, William Dean Howell's Imperative Duty, Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (which Edwards also discusses in the introduction), and Charles W. Chesnutt's House behind the Cedars. Edwards offers many parallels and contrasts from nonfiction (often antiblack) treatments of race in the 19th century, occasionally citing Freud, Lacan, and Derrida. A good historical discussion for those doing advanced work in American fiction or areas of African American fiction. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. R. Christopher emeritus, Tarleton State University

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Justin Edwards is an assistant professor of English at the University of Copenhagen, where he teaches American and Canadian gothic literature

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