Reading Dunbar and Picturing Uplift in Poems of Cabin and Field

Caroline Gelmi

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Caroline Gelmi teaches literature at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century American verse cultures and the history of the fiction of the speaker. Her work has appeared in the journal Nineteenth-Century Literature. 


This paper explores the ideologies of racial uplift in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Poems of Cabin and Field (1899). The first in a series of illustrated collections of Dunbar’s verse produced for the Christmas gift book market,... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Caroline Gelmi (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth)

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