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Rape, Race, and Lynching: The Red Record of American Literature, 1890–1912

Sandra Gunning


In the late nineteenth century, the stereotype of the black male as sexual beast functioned for white supremacists as an externalized symbol of social chaos against which all whites would unite for the purpose of national renewal. The emergence of this stereotype in American culture and literature during and after Reconstruction was related to the growth of white-on-black violence, as white lynch mobs acted in “defence” of white womanhood, the white family, and white nationalism. This book investigates American literary encounters with the conditions, processes, and consequences of such violen ... More

Keywords: black male, white supremacy, national renewal, American culture, racial violence, lynch mobs, white nationalism, social chaos, masculinity, femininity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195099904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra Gunning, author
College of William and Mary