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The Politics of Color in the Fiction of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen.

African American Literature] McLendon, Jacquelyn Y.

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ISBN 10: 0813915538 / ISBN 13: 9780813915531
Published by University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1995
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A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with a hint of sunning to the spine. Review Copy with publisher's press release laid in. Both Fauset and Larsen were prominent in the development of the Harlem Renaissance and their novels raised important questions about race and gender when they first appeared in the 1920s and 1930s. McLendon shows how the nineteenth-century stereotype of the tragic mulatto as invented by white writers became both a political tool and an artistic device in the capable hands of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen. Bookseller Inventory # 25413

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Title: The Politics of Color in the Fiction of ...

Publisher: University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville

Publication Date: 1995

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition.

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McLendon shows how the nineteenth-century stereotype of the tragic mulatto as invented by white writers became both a political tool and an artistic device in the capable hands of Jessie Fauset and Nella Larsen. Using black female protagonists who often passed as whites, Fauset and Larsen showed that blacks were despised not for their lack of education of money or manners, but simply because they were black. Focusing on the psychology of black women, they brought up issues of identity and difference for both blacks and women and insisted on the authenticity of the black experience of mulattoes and black middle-class society.

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Jacquelyn Y. McLendon is Associate Professor of English at the College of William and Mary.

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