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Racial WorldmakingThe Power of Popular Fiction$
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Mark C. Jerng

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277759

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.001.0001

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Reconstructing Racial Perception

Reconstructing Racial Perception

(p.89) Chapter 4: Reconstructing Racial Perception
Racial Worldmaking

Mark C. Jerng

Fordham University Press

This chapter interprets Frank Yerby, one of the most successful African American historical romance writers in U.S. publication history, in relation to the conjunction of plantation romance and historiography. It shows how Yerby, writing in the aftermath of Gone With The Wind, develops narrative strategies that both critique the way in which Mitchell refigures racial perception and construct different modes of perception. The chapter compares Yerby’s and Mitchell’s plantation romances in order to detail an early narrative practice of anti-racist racial worldmaking.

Keywords:   Foxes of Harrow, The, Gone With The Wind, Mitchell, Margaret, Plantation Romance, Yerby, Frank

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