The Making of Racial Sentiment: Slavery and the Birth of The Frontier Romance by Ezra TawilThe Making of Racial Sentiment: Slavery and the Birth of The Frontier Romance by Ezra Tawil

The Making of Racial Sentiment: Slavery and the Birth of The Frontier Romance

byEzra Tawil

Paperback | September 4, 2008

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The frontier romance, an enormously popular genre of American fiction born in the 1820s, helped redefine 'race' for an emerging national culture. Ezra Tawil argues that the novel of white-Indian conflict provided authors and readers with an apt analogy for the problem of slavery. By uncovering the sentimental aspects of the frontier romance, Tawil redraws the lines of influence between the 'Indian novel' of the 1820s and the sentimental novel of slavery, demonstrating how Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin ought to be reconsidered in this light. This study reveals how American literature of the 1820s helped form modern ideas about racial differences.
Title:The Making of Racial Sentiment: Slavery and the Birth of The Frontier RomanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:September 4, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521073049

ISBN - 13:9780521073042

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Table of Contents

Introduction: toward a literary history of racial sentiment; 1. The politics of slavery and the discourse of race, 1787-1840; 2. Remaking natural rights: race and slavery in James Fenimore Cooper's early writings; 3. Domestic frontier romance, or, how the sentimental heroine became white; 4. 'Homely legends': the uses of sentiment in Cooper's Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish; 5. Stowe's vanishing Americans: 'Negro' inferiority, captivity, and homecoming in Uncle Tom's Cabin; 6. Captain Babo's cabin: racial sentiment and the politics of misreading in Benito Cereno; Index.

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"[The author] develops his broad-ranging, provocative argument patiently and elegantly-and with a careful precision of expression that makes the book accessible to a broad audience. Highly recommended." -Choice