Publisher description for Black and white strangers : race and American literary realism / Kenneth W. Warren.

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In a major contribution to the study of race in American literature, Kenneth W. Warren argues that late-nineteenth-century literary realism was shaped by and in turn helped to shape post-Civil War racial politics. Taking up a variety of novelists, including Henry James and William Dean Howells, he shows that even works not directly concerned with race were instrumental in the return after reconstruction to a racially segregated society.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: American fiction 19th century History and criticism, African Americans in literature, American fiction 20th century History and criticism, James, Henry, 1843-1916 Political and social views, Literature and society United States History, Race relations in literature, Realism in literature, Whites in literature