Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of by Daniel Hack PDF

By Daniel Hack

Tackling fraught yet interesting problems with cultural borrowing and appropriation, this groundbreaking ebook finds that Victorian literature was once positioned to exploit in African American literature and print tradition within the 19th and early 20th centuries in even more problematic, sustained, and creative methods than formerly suspected. From reprinting and reframing "The cost of the sunshine Brigade" in an antislavery newspaper to reimagining David Copperfield and Jane Eyre as mixed-race youths within the antebellum South, writers and editors transposed and remodeled works by means of the top British writers of the day to depict the lives of African american citizens and enhance their factors. critical figures in African American literary and highbrow history—including Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Charles Chesnutt, Pauline Hopkins, and W.E.B. Du Bois—leveraged Victorian literature and this background of engagement itself to assert a particular voice and build their very own literary tradition.

In bringing those transatlantic transfigurations to gentle, this e-book additionally presents strikingly new views on either canonical and little-read works by means of Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Tennyson, and different Victorian authors. The restoration of those works' African American afterlives illuminates their formal practices and ideological commitments, and forces a reassessment in their cultural impression and political power. Bridging the space among African American and Victorian literary experiences, Reaping whatever New alterations our realizing of either fields and rewrites a big bankruptcy of literary history.

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