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Title A question of character : scientific racism and the genres of American fiction, 1892-1912 / Cathy Boeckmann.
Imprint Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2000.


 Main Stacks  PS374.R34 B64 2000    AVAILABLE
Description viii, 238 p. ; 24 cm.
Series Studies in American literary realism and naturalism.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-233) and index.
Subject American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Racism in literature.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and science -- United States -- History.
Characters and characteristics in literature.
Race discrimination in literature.
Passing (Identity) in literature.
African Americans in literature.
Eugenics in literature.
Literary form.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Scientific racism, character, and American fiction -- Thomas Dixon and the rhetorical mulatto -- Pudd'nhead Wilson's phrenological photograph -- Howells and Chesnutt: the racial uses of genre -- Character and black art in The autobiography of an ex-Coloured man -- Epilogue: race and representation -- Notes -- Works cited -- Index.