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2 English 103A - Romantic Racialism: a belief in the...

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Romantic Racialism : a belief in the distinctness of various races that recognizes each race as making a special contribution to human destiny. In Stowe’s day, Caucasians were thought to excel in intellectual expansion, whereas Africans were believed to have a constitutional aptitude for spiritual fulfillment o Modern interpretations of this concept underline the division between the races o Stowe uses this to highlight the fundamental hypocrisy existent in society. The “religiousness” of Blacks is virtually ignored by Whites Cultural work : in literary criticism, refers to a literary text that alters or revises cultural values but does not aspire to the status of elite or high art popular literature is often believed to do some cultural work (Jane Tompkins) Aesthetic value : formal or stylistic value; literature that has been judged “high art” typically is praised for its aesthetic value o Compelling works of literature by authors such as Hawthorne, Melville, etc. o
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course ENGL 103A taught by Professor Maslan during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.

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