Beyond "Standards of Feeling": Bitterness in Charles Chesnutt's The Marrow of Tradition

Gabrielle Everett

Rutgers University

Gabrielle Everett is a PhD Candidate at Rutgers University where she is writing a dissertation on late nineteenth and early twentieth-century African American literature, titled "Blushing Bitterly: Managing Affect in Post-Reconstruction Black Novels." Her work considers how turn-of-the-century literary production and leaders of the racial uplift movement deployed affective strategies in the effort to create black national belonging, or alternatively to shape racial collectivity outside the US, as citizenship became more elusive and less desirable for black Americans because of its affective costs. Her interests also include critical race theory, nineteenth-century American literature, and contemporary black poetry.


On November 10th, 1898, Wilmington, North Carolina’s white Democratic leaders orchestrated the massacre of its black citizens and overthrew the city’s government. Celebrated throughout the nation as a redemption for... [ view full abstract ]


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