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By A. Kent

ISBN-10: 0230605109

ISBN-13: 9780230605107

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This ebook examines literature through African, local, and Jewish American novelists first and foremost of the 20 th century, a interval of radical dislocation from homelands for those 3 ethnic teams in addition to the interval while such voices proven themselves as valuable figures within the American literary canon.

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But] I believe it can be surreptitiously introduced by just such a story as you know so well how to write” (qtd. in Knadler 429). Hoping to mimetically establish himself as an integral part of the American literary tradition alongside great Euro-American writers, Chesnutt published four works of fiction in rapid succession: two short story collections in 1899 (The Conjure Woman and The Wife of His Youth), followed by two novels, The House behind the Cedars (1900) and The Marrow of Tradition (1901).

He insisted that his short stories were not “folktales” that he had collected but rather fictionalized stories strung together in novella form and recalled by an unreliable narrator, signaling their status as fiction, not ethnography. By inserting himself into the American literary tradition, Chesnutt hoped he could demonstrate that he was just like other great American novelists regardless of race. Chesnutt, of course, wrote nonfiction and voiced some of his most contentious views about race in political essays (see, for example, “Future American”15 and “White Man”).

In a similar move, recent literary criticism has attempted to prove that McNickle’s novel The Surrounded (1936) is autobiographical, even though it takes place on the reservation that he left as a youth and to which he never returned until just before his death, in contrast to his protagonist Archilde. Even when autobiographical connections cannot be made, readers have attempted to interpret novels by ethnic writers as fact. Readers have often believed Chesnutt’s historical novel The Marrow of Tradition (1901) is a true account of actual historical events, even though Chesnutt changed key elements.

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