Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

A Note on Capitalization

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This book is truly a collaborative product. The seeds for it were planted in a graduate class I took at Rice University in the 1990s, when Dr. Susan Lurie included in her syllabus a little-discussed, little-regarded novel by Zora Neale Hurston, Seraph on the Suwanee. I never forgot that novel, or the rich conversations my peers and I had about it that semester. ...

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Introduction: Naming: The Literature of White Estrangement

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pp. 3-14

In 1860, William J. Wilson, writing under the pseudonym Ethiop, published an article entitled “What Shall We Do with the White People?,” an irreverent essay that turns the nineteenth-century debate about the fitness of black people for citizenship on its head by raising questions about the ability of white people to engage in self-government and the body politic. ...

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Chapter One: “A FORM OF INSANITY WHICH OVERTAKES WHITE MEN”: W. E. B. Du Bois, Charles Chesnutt, and the Specter of White Double Consciousness

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pp. 15-58

In 1903, W. E. B. Du Bois published the now classic The Souls of Black Folk. In the Forethought, he explains that he wrote the book to explore the “problem of the Twentieth Century . . . the color-line” by “outlin[ing] the two worlds within and without the Veil” (359). ...

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Chapter Two: “SHAPING HERSELF INTO A DUTIFUL WIFE”: Demythologizing White Femininity and the White Home in Frank Yerby’s The Foxes of Harrow and Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee

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pp. 59-102

White woman. The phrase conjures up images of refinement, elegance, class, and beauty. White women are smart, but not overbearingly so; they are appropriately supportive of their husbands and protective of their beautiful families; they are good mothers. They are gorgeously pale and thin but not enough to suggest illness. ...

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Chapter Three: “OCCUPIED TERRITORY”: Mapping the Spatial Geographies of White Identity and Violence

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pp. 103-128

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that segregation in public schools was illegal, overturning fifty-eight years of legal support for the policy of “separate but equal.”1 Three years later—and only a few years before images of attack dogs, fire hoses, bombed structures, ...

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Conclusion: “NO WHITE AND LEGAL HEIR”: The Responsibility of Whiteness in a Multiracial World

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pp. 129-142

African American intellectuals have a long, rich history of critical engagement with constructions of Whiteness. From W. E. B. Du Bois’s and Charles Chesnutt’s interest in the psychology of Whiteness to Frank Yerby’s and Zora Neale Hurston’s examinations of white women’s understanding and use of power in a racist patriarchy ... ...

Notes

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pp. 143-154

Works Cited

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pp. 155-166

Index

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pp. 167-170