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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


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.


  • • African-American character
  • • abolitionary literature
  • • minstrel show
  • • local color literature
  • • color line
  • • self-identification of African-American


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