"Our Nig" and the She-Devil. Political Structures of Racism in Harriet E. Wilson’s "Two-Story House, North"


Term Paper, 2018

13 Pages, Grade: 1,7


Abstract or Introduction

This paper seeks to deconstruct structures of racism based on white female power.

Harriet E.Wilson’s “Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North. Showing that Slavery's Shadows Fall Even There” achieved historical significance as it is considered to be the first novel published by an African American woman in the United States. Published in 1859, it tells the life story of Frado, a free mulatto who is abandoned by her mother to the white Bellmont’s house, where she is enslaved by the "she -devil” Mrs. Bellmont

In order to understand the racial ideology which Wilson exposes in "Our Nig", the author will first outline the historical and social -political landscape in 19th century North America, which is known to be abolitionist in contrast to the South and secondly put Wilson’s work in a literary context.

Subsequently, she will examine the white middle -class ideology as a structure of power, which allows white women to exert power and authority over black women in the domestic sphere. To achieve this, I will deconstruct the terms Femininity and Domesticity.

Details

Title
"Our Nig" and the She-Devil. Political Structures of Racism in Harriet E. Wilson’s "Two-Story House, North"
College
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Grade
1,7
Author
Year
2018
Pages
13
Catalog Number
V539277
ISBN (eBook)
9783346157515
ISBN (Book)
9783346157522
Language
English
Tags
our nig, Harriet E. Wilson, african women's literature, literature, african american, slavery, domesticity, deconstruction, of 19th century femininity, true womanhood, frdao, female opressor, racism, 1859, opression of black woman
Quote paper
Nour Al-Asmar (Author), 2018, "Our Nig" and the She-Devil. Political Structures of Racism in Harriet E. Wilson’s "Two-Story House, North", Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/539277

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