By Daniel Hack
Tackling fraught yet attention-grabbing problems with cultural borrowing and appropriation, this groundbreaking publication unearths that Victorian literature used to be placed to take advantage of in African American literature and print tradition within the 19th and early 20th centuries in even more complicated, sustained, and imaginitive methods than formerly suspected. From reprinting and reframing "The cost of the sunshine Brigade" in an antislavery newspaper to reimagining David Copperfield and Jane Eyre as mixed-race youths within the antebellum South, writers and editors transposed and reworked works by means of the prime British writers of the day to depict the lives of African americans and enhance their motives. critical figures in African American literary and highbrow history—including Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Charles Chesnutt, Pauline Hopkins, and W.E.B. Du Bois—leveraged Victorian literature and this historical past of engagement itself to assert a particular voice and build their very own literary tradition.
In bringing those transatlantic transfigurations to gentle, this publication additionally offers strikingly new views on either canonical and little-read works by way of Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Tennyson, and different Victorian authors. The restoration of those works' African American afterlives illuminates their formal practices and ideological commitments, and forces a reassessment in their cultural influence and political capability. Bridging the space among African American and Victorian literary stories, Reaping anything New adjustments our knowing of either fields and rewrites an enormous bankruptcy of literary history.
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