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Author Chiles, Katy L., author

Title Transformable race : surprising metamorphoses in the literature of early America / Katy L. Chiles
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Summary Racial thought at the close of the 18th century differed radically from that of the 19th century, when the concept of race as a fixed biological category would emerge. Instead, many early Americans thought that race was an exterior bodily trait, incrementally produced by environmental factors, and continuously subject to change. While historians have documented aspects of 18th century racial thought, this is the first book to identify how this thinking informs the figurative language in the literature of this crucial period
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject American literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Race in literature.
Race awareness in literature.
Human skin color in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780199350728 (ebook)