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    In the Shadow of the Black Beast African American Masculinity in the Harlem and Southern Renaissances

    ISBN-10: 0807135879
    ISBN-13: 9780807135877
    Author(s): Andrew B. Leiter
    Description: Andrew B. Leiter presents the first book-length study of the sexually violent African American man, or "black beast," as a composite literary phenomenon. According to Leiter, the black beast theme served as a fundamental link between the Harlem and  More...
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    Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 296
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.694
    Language: English

    Andrew B. Leiter presents the first book-length study of the sexually violent African American man, or "black beast," as a composite literary phenomenon. According to Leiter, the black beast theme served as a fundamental link between the Harlem and Southern Renaissances, with writers from both movements exploring its psychological, cultural, and social ramifications. Indeed, Leiter asserts that the two groups consciously engaged one another's work as they struggled to define roles for black masculinity in a society that viewed the black beast as the raison d'être for segregation. In the Shadow of the Black Beast signals a major fresh interpretation of the literary stereotype within its social and historical context.

    Acknowledgmentsp. ix
    Introduction: Literary Renaissance and the Interracial "Sex Factor"p. 1
    Sexual Victims and Black Beasts in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 17
    One-Drop Men in the Shadow of the Beastp. 51
    Sexual Transgressions and the Battle at the Racial Border: Schuyler's Black No More and Faulkner's Light in Augustp. 88
    Black Beasts and the Historical Imaginations of Margaret Mitchell and Allen Tatep. 134
    The End of the Chaste Icon and the Embrace of the Beast: Caldwell's Trouble in July Wright's Native Sonp. 164
    Conclusion: Bigger and the Black Beast Revenge Narrativep. 204
    Notesp. 211
    Works Citedp. 247
    Indexp. 271
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