The Newspaper, the Novel, and the Nation: Julia C. Collins's The Curse of Caste and the Climate of Black America"

Julia Charles

Auburn University

Julia S. Charles is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. She received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her teaching and research interests center on racial passing literature, nineteenth- and twentieth-century African America women writers, African American literary movements, and depictions of mixed-race and multiracial characters in American fiction. She is currently completing her first manuscript, That Middle World: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing.  This study examines how mixed-race characters in American fiction performed racial identities and subjectivities from the antebellum period through the New Negro Renaissance.


During the Civil War, the 1865 serialized novel The Curse of Caste; or, The Slave Bride by the educator Julia C. Collins (c. 1842-65) first appeared in print in a culture-defining publication. The Christian Recorder, the... [ view full abstract ]


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