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Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature

Daniel Hack


Tackling fraught but fascinating issues of cultural borrowing and appropriation, this book reveals that Victorian literature was put to use in African American literature and print culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in much more intricate, sustained, and imaginative ways than previously suspected. From reprinting and reframing “The Charge of the Light Brigade” in an antislavery newspaper to reimagining David Copperfield and Jane Eyre as mixed-race youths in the antebellum South, writers and editors transposed and transformed works by the leading British writers of the day ... More

Keywords: Victorian literature, African American literature, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Tennyson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691196930
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691196930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Hack, author
University of Michigan