The Marrow of Tradition

The Marrow of Tradition

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By (author) Charles W. Chesnutt, Volume editor Nancy Bentley, Volume editor Sandra Gunning

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0312194064
  • ISBN 13: 9780312194062
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Sales rank: 301,012

Product description

This teaching edition of Charles W. Chesnutt's 1901 novel about racial conflict in a Southern US town features an extensive selection of materials that place the work in its historical context. Organized thematically, these materials explore: caste, gender and race after Reconstruction; postbellum laws and lynching; the 1898 Wilmington riot upon which the narrative is based; and the fin de siecle culture of segregation. The thematic sections are rich with documents such as letters, photographs, editorials, speeches, legal decisions, journalism and essays from leading periodicals of the era. The editors' introductions and selection headnotes provide additional background for understanding the mythology of race and Chesnutt's penetrating examination of its mechanisms and consequences.

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NANCY BENTLEY, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania. SANDRA GUNNING, Department of English, University of Michigan.

Table of contents

PART ONE: THE MARROW OF TRADITION: The Complete Text Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background Chronology of Chesnutt's Life and Times A Note on the Text The Marrow of Tradition [1001 Houghton Mifflin edition] PART TWO: THE MARROW OF TRADITION: Cultural Contexts Caste, Race and Gender After Reconstruction Law and Lawlessness The Wilmington Riot Segregation as Culture: Etiquette, Spectacle, and Fiction