Romance and Race: Coloring the Past

Posted in Books, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Media Archive, Monographs, Passing on 2022-04-14 22:12Z by Steven

Romance and Race: Coloring the Past

April 2022
160 pages
6″ x 9″
Hardcover ISBN: 9780866986946
Paperback ISBN: 9780866986595

Margo Hendricks, Professor Emerita
University of California, Santa Cruz

This study brings race and the literary tradition of romance into dialogue.

Romance and Race: Coloring the Past explores the literary and cultural genealogy of colorism, white passing, and white presenting in the romance genre. The scope of the study ranges from Heliodorus’ Aithiopika to the short novels of Aphra Behn, to the modern romance novel Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins. This analysis engages with the troublesome racecraft of “passing” and the instability of racial identity and its formation from the premodern to the present. The study also looks at the significance of white settler colonialism to early modern romance narratives. A bridge between studies of early modern romance and scholarship on twenty-first-century romance novels, this book is well-suited for those interested in the romance genre.

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In Search of Something Akin to Freedom: Black Women, Slavery, and Power

Posted in Dissertations, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Media Archive, Women on 2012-08-15 02:06Z by Steven

In Search of Something Akin to Freedom: Black Women, Slavery, and Power

Florida State University
78 pages

Katrina Songanett Smith

A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts
This thesis examines both historical and fictional representations of interracial relationships in the 18th century. My argument in this project is two-fold. First, I argue that some black women used sexual relationships with white men to gain advantages for themselves and their fellow slaves. Second, I argue that novelists of the time period re-wrote history in an attempt to erase the positive aspects of miscegenation.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Chapter One: Historical Accounts of Black Women’s Sexuality and Strategies of Resistance: The Narratives of Mary Prince, Thomas Thistlewood, John Stedman, Maria Nugent, and Janet Schaw
  • Chapter Two: The Revenge of the Shrew: Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko
  • Chapter Three: The Sacrifice of the Colored Woman in J.W. Orderson’s Creoleana
  • Epilogue
  • Works Cited

Read the entire thesis here.

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