In the Shadow of the Black Beast African American Masculinity in the Harlem and Southern Renaissances
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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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.
|Introduction: Literary Renaissance and the Interracial "Sex Factor"||p. 1|
|Sexual Victims and Black Beasts in the Nineteenth Century||p. 17|
|One-Drop Men in the Shadow of the Beast||p. 51|
|Sexual Transgressions and the Battle at the Racial Border: Schuyler's Black No More and Faulkner's Light in August||p. 88|
|Black Beasts and the Historical Imaginations of Margaret Mitchell and Allen Tate||p. 134|
|The End of the Chaste Icon and the Embrace of the Beast: Caldwell's Trouble in July Wright's Native Son||p. 164|
|Conclusion: Bigger and the Black Beast Revenge Narrative||p. 204|
|Works Cited||p. 247|
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