제목 : Failing Face of a Nation:The Anxiety of Miscegenation in Ann Petry’s The Narrows
- 저자 : Yoon Young Choi     - 조회수 : 739  - Download : 16
- 참 조 : 영미문학페미니즘 제22권 3호(2014)  
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Racial intermixture and its repression have been one of the
most important formative issues in the history of the United
States. Unlike the basic idea of racial intermixture, which exists as
a historical reality, the term “miscegenation” describes a fantastical
or fictional realm of racial anxiety and paranoia in American
society. Set in this third wave of racial progressivism, Ann Petry’s
The Narrows overtly picks up on the theme of “miscegenation”
anxiety. In this imagined dystopia, which in fact, inverts the terms
of historical reality, the national fabric of the United States is
threatened by black men’s allegedly insatiable sexual desire for
white women. This essay examines the relationship between racial
stereotypes and the over-determination of plot and character in
The Narrows. By rewriting the culturally clichéd and socially
scripted narrative of interracial sexual politics, The Narrows insists
upon a historicized accounting for contemporary race politics and
reconvenes the theme of miscegenation from the terrain of the
imagination, or fantasy, to the terrain of political representation.
Key Words: Ann Petry, The Narrows, miscegenation, racial politics,
stereotype, history



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