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The body politic of the beautiful: Gender, sexuality, and race in later-eighteenth-century aesthetics
This dissertation explores the cultural politics that underwrite British writings on beauty from the last half of the eighteenth century. At the historical moment when the human body is claimed to be the paragon of loveliness ...
The hazard of sympathy, race, and gender in antebellum American women's writing
Sympathy is the crucial idea in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century sentimental fiction to absorb the reader's attention and construct a sense of identification between the reader and the character, so that the ...
The (un)clear race: Configurations of whiteness in Anglophone literature of the Caribbean diaspora
This dissertation closely examines constructions of whiteness in contemporary Anglophone literature of the Caribbean Diaspora, addressing the following key questions: (1) why is it necessary to study whiteness specifically ...
White shadows: Race and ethnicity in the high school literary canon
The topic of race and literature first entered my consciousness during my senior year of high school; it was that year that my English teacher decided to teach a unit on African American poets and their writings. I was ...
The shadow of difference: Sex, race, and the unconscious
This dissertation draws on the psychoanalytic concept of sexual difference to offer a new model for reading the interrelationship between gender, sexuality, and race. I attempt to show that racial symbols (e.g., blackness ...
Chaotic whiteness: Race, narrative, and the erotics of fear
This thesis is an exploration of the ways in which whiteness, race, and racism are maintained and perpetuated through the use of narratives. I forward four main understandings of chaos as they relate to whiteness and argue ...