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Problems of Afro-American Character in Charles Chesnutt’s Collection of “‘The Wife of His Youth’ and Other Stories of the Color-Line”

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2013. Vol. 2. No. 3. Pp. 270-277.
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Kormilitsyna A. N.
Kuban State University
149 Stavropolskaya Street, 350040, Krasnodar, Russia
Email: korvasanna@yandex.ru

Abstract

The article analyzes the problems of in Charles W. Chesnutt’s stories “The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color-Line”. The context of literary traditions at 19–20th centuries has been taken into account. Afro-American character is examined regarding the author’s new approach to race discourse in post-war American literature.

Keywords

  • • African-American character
  • • abolitionary literature
  • • minstrel show
  • • local color literature
  • • “tragic mulatto”
  • • “passing” motif
  • • color line
  • • self-identification of African-American

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