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Black LandImperial Ethiopianism and African America$
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Nadia Nurhussein

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691190969

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691190969.001.0001

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Pauline E. Hopkins and the Shadow of Transcription

Pauline E. Hopkins and the Shadow of Transcription

(p.51) Chapter Two Pauline E. Hopkins and the Shadow of Transcription
Black Land

Nadia Nurhussein

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on Pauline E. Hopkins's “Of One Blood” in the context of the African American periodical in which it was serialized, the Colored American Magazine. Published only a few years after the surprising Italian defeat at Adwa, “Of One Blood” contributed to the magazine's project of “documentary Ethiopianism” as expressed in histories and biographies but it also preserved the fantastic conception of Ethiopia that helped create Ethiopianism. “Of One Blood” is exemplary as a fictional text that introduces the mysticism that the historical and ethnographic texts of the Colored American Magazine avoid while still participating in documentary Ethiopianism by sending its characters to Ethiopia. The chapter also discusses how “Of One Blood” activates Regalization Fantasy, which is intrinsic to imperial Ethiopianist ideology. As a result of the fantasy's paradoxical inclusivity and exclusivity, the imperial model of Ethiopianism seen in “Of One Blood” contains the irritant that leads to its own dismantling by mid-century.

Keywords:   Pauline E. Hopkins, Of One Blood, Colored American Magazine, documentary Ethiopianism, Regalization Fantasy, imperial Ethiopianist

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