The Motherless Child in the Novels of Pauline Hopkins
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: LSU Press
Cover, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I have incurred a number of debts in writing this book. In its early stages, I had the good fortune of working withâand being encouraged and inspired byâNina Baym, Robert Dale Parker, and Janet Lyon at the University of Illinois. I was privileged to work with Karen Offen, Marilyn Boxer, ...
Introduction: The Motherless Child in the Post-Reconstruction United States
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In her final novel, Of One Blood; or, The Hidden Self, serialized in the Colored American Magazine from 1903 to 1904, Pauline Hopkinsâs protagonist, Reuel Briggs, a mixed-race man passing for white, serves as the doctor for an archaeological expedition in Africa. While there, he discovers that he is heir to the throne of Meroe in Ethiopia, ...
Chapter One: "The blessed relief of tearsâ: Maternal Redemption in Contending Forces
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In her preface to Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South, Hopkins describes her first novel as a âsomewhat abrupt and daring ventureââa surprising claim, given her history in the public arena as an actress, singer, and playwright. Although she began writing fiction almost immediately after her stage career, ...
Chapter Two: Motherlessness in the Nationâs Capital: The National Father in Hagarâs Daughter
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After the optimistic conclusion of Contending Forces, Hagarâs Daughter comes as something of a surprise. Here, amid the novelâs spectacular contentâincluding murder, abduction, disguises, a haunted mansion, a daring escape, and a dramatic courtroom climaxâPauline Hopkins offers a scathing critique of a nation ...
Chapter Three: âSomethinâs gwine happenâ: National Warning in Winona
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From the nationâs capital, Pauline Hopkins moves to another site crucial to the nationâs mythos and to the construction of American identity: the frontier. Hopkins may have begun to form her ideas about the possibilities of the West as she wrote Hagarâs Daughter, where the West figuredâalbeit marginallyâas a place of renewal ...
Chapter Four: Finding Mother Africa: Of One Blood and Hopkinsâs National Vision
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In Hagarâs Daughter, when the title character discovers that the child she thought she had lost is alive, she pleads with her husband: âI beseech you, lose not a moment, bring her to meâbring my Jewel, my daughter, to my armsâ (279). Of One Blood; or, The Hidden Self similarly imagines a mother longing for her children, ...
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The haunting, melancholy quality of this song spoke powerfully to its intended audience of African American slaves in the antebellum period, and it has continued to speak to a broad range of listeners in the twentyfirst century. It has been recorded by such diverse artists as Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, Ike and Tina Turner, ...
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Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2012