Dis-Placing Race and Re-Placing Region in Paul Laurence Dunbar

Alexander Leslie

Rutgers University

Alex Leslie is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers university working on a dissertation about how postbellum American cultural geography shaped circulation and reception such that literary texts were read differently in different regions.


Ever since William Dean Howells’ racialist review of Majors and Minors (1895), critics have predominantly understood Paul Laurence Dunbar exclusively as a “race poet.” This assessment, however, is based largely on the... [ view full abstract ]


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