By Michele Birnbaum

Race, paintings and hope analyses literary representations of labor relationships around the colour-line from the mid-nineteenth century to the early 20th century. Michele Birnbaum examines inter-racial bonds in fiction and literary correspondence via black and white authors and artists - together with Elizabeth Keckley, Frances E. W. Harper, W. D. Howells, Grace King, Kate Chopin, Langston Hughes, Amy Spingarn and Carl Van Vechten - exploring the way in which servants and employers, medical professionals and sufferers, and consumers and artists negotiate their racial ameliorations for creative and political ends. Situating those relationships in literary and cultural context, Birnbaum argues that the literature unearths the complexity of cross-racial family within the place of work, which, even supposing frequently represented as an oasis of racial concord, is actually the very web site the place race politics are such a lot fiercely engaged. This examine productively complicates present debates approximately cross-racial collaboration in American literary and race reviews, and should be of curiosity to students in either literary and cultural reviews.

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