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By A. Kent

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This booklet examines literature by means of African, local, and Jewish American novelists at the start of the 20th century, a interval of radical dislocation from homelands for those 3 ethnic teams in addition to the interval whilst such voices proven themselves as crucial figures within the American literary canon.

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Aboriginal Author” 101) Notably, in Marrow, Captain George McBane, a white supremacist and leader of the novel’s massacre, invokes the notion of intraracial AFRICAN AMERICANS: MOVING FROM CARICATURES TO CREATORS 45 similarity, remarking, “All niggers are alike” (181), only to be proven wrong as the plot unfolds and illustrates that crosscultural similarities outweigh interracial differences. Josh, the “black giant” (309) who leads the African American defense against the massacre, finds his double in the white supremacist McBane; both men turn to violence as their means of social change.

While some of these writers (Hurston and McNickle in particular) employed the early anthropological discourses of Boas and his students, all of them used fiction as a means of countering anthropological categorization and objectification. These writers engaged in the anthropological project of cultural representation and developed strategies for writing about cultures just as anthropologists have, but they did so through fiction, paralleling Clifford Geertz’s view in The Interpretation of Cultures that cultural representation is an interpretive process, not a positivist scientific one.

Still others invoked conventional narrative structures but deployed them for nontraditional ends. Both Yezierska and Mourning Dove, for example, wrote romance novels with traditional marriage plots, but both female protagonists reject the standard ending of marriage to a Euro-American and assimilation, in favor of marriage to another culturally mixed character. Yezierska’s and Cahan’s rags-to-riches novels challenge the very genre they use in their protagonists’ sense of homelessness in modernity.

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