An Anthology of Interracial Literature: Black-White Contacts in the Old World and the New

An Anthology of Interracial Literature: Black-White Contacts in the Old World and the New

by Werner Sollors, Werner Sollors
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814781446

ISBN-13: 9780814781449

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

A white knight meets his half-black half-brother in battle. A black hero marries a white woman. A slave mother kills her child by a rapist-master. A white-looking person of partly African ancestry passes for white. A master and a slave change places for a single night. An interracial marriage turns sour. The birth of a child brings a crisis. Such are some of the

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A white knight meets his half-black half-brother in battle. A black hero marries a white woman. A slave mother kills her child by a rapist-master. A white-looking person of partly African ancestry passes for white. A master and a slave change places for a single night. An interracial marriage turns sour. The birth of a child brings a crisis. Such are some of the story lines to be found within the pages of An Anthology of Interracial Literature.

This is the first anthology to explore the literary theme of black-white encounters, of love and family stories that cross—or are crossed by—what came to be considered racial boundaries. The anthology extends from Cleobolus' ancient Greek riddle to tormented encounters in the modern United States, visiting along the way a German medieval chivalric romance, excerpts from Arabian Nights and Italian Renaissance novellas, scenes and plays from Spain, Denmark, England, and the United States, as well as essays, autobiographical sketches, and numerous poems. The authors of the selections include some of the great names of world literature interspersed with lesser-known writers. Themes of interracial love and family relations, passing, and the figure of the Mulatto are threaded through the volume.

An Anthology of Interracial Literature allows scholars, students, and general readers to grapple with the extraordinary diversity in world literature. As multi-racial identification becomes more widespread the ethnic and cultural roots of world literature takes on new meaning.

Contributors include: Hans Christian Andersen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charles W. Chesnutt, Lydia Maria Child, Kate Chopin, Countee Cullen, Caroline Bond Day, Rita Dove, Alexandre Dumas, Olaudah Equiano, Langston Hughes, Victor Hugo, Charles Johnson, Adrienne Kennedy, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Guy de Maupassant, Claude McKay, Eugene O'Neill, Alexander Pushkin, and Jean Toomer.

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ISBN-13:
9780814781449
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
675
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1"Riddle" (5th century B.C.)7
2From Parzival (1197-1210)8
3From The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night57
4From Il Novellino (1475)69
5From Hecatommithi (1565)85
6"The Beautiful Slave-Girl" (1614)97
7"A Negress Courts Cestus, a Man of a Different Colour" (1633)99
8"A Faire Nimph Scorning a Black Boy Courting Her" (1658)101
9"The Inversion" (1657), "One Enamour'd on a Black-moor" (1657), "A Black Nymph Scorning a Fair Boy Courting Her" (1657)103
10"To Mrs. Diana Cecyll" (1665), "The Brown Beauty" (1665), "Sonnet of Black Beauty (1665), "Another Sonnet to Black It Self" (1665)107
11"In Laudem Aethiopissae" (1778)110
12The Isle of Pines (1668)115
13From Oroonoko: A Tragedy in Five Acts (1696)132
14"On a Young Lady's Weeping at Oroonooko" (1732), "To a Gentleman in Love with a Negro Woman" (1732)143
15Two Versions of the Story of Inkle and Yarico145
16The Dying Negro (1773)152
17Letter to James Tobin (1788)161
18The Engagement in Santo Domingo (1811)167
19Ourika (1823)189
20The Blackamoor of Peter the Great (1827-1828)208
21"The Quadroons" (1842)232
22From Georges (1843)240
23From Beyond the Seas (1863-1864)253
24"The Quadroom Girl" (1842)278
25"The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" (1848)280
26"The Pilot's Story" (1860)288
27From Mulatto: An Original Romantic Drama in Five Acts (1840)292
28The Octoroon; or, Life in Louisiana: A Play in Five Acts (1859)300
29From Black and White: A Drama in Three Acts (1869)337
30From Miscegenation: The Theory of the Blending of the Races, Applied to the American White Man and Negro (1863)350
31Madame Delphine (1881)383
32From "The Pariah" (1895)421
33"Boitelle" (1889)424
34"The Father of Desiree's Baby" (1893)431
35"Uncle Wellington's Wives" (1899)436
36"The Mulatto to His Critics" (1918)461
37"The Octoroon" (1922), "Cosmopolite" (1922), "The Riddle" (1925)462
38From The Vengeance of the Gods (1922)464
39"Hope" (1922)473
40"Withered Skin of Berries" (1923)476
41"Confession" (1929)498
42All God's Chillun Got Wings (1924)504
43"Near White" (1925), "Two Who Crossed a Line" (1925)530
44"Cross" (1925), "Mulatto" (1927), Mulatto: A Tragedy of the Deep South (1935)532
45"The Mulatto" (1925), "Near-White" (1932)559
46"The Pink Hat" (1926)573
47"Ballad of Pearl May Lee" (1945)577
48The Owl Answers (1963)583
49From Oxherding Tale (1982)594
50From The Darker Face of the Earth (1994)606
51From Buck (2001)634
52From The Secret Life of Fred Astaire (2001)653
Sources667
Index673
About the Editor675

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