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The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel (review)

The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel (review) BOOk ReviewS The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel. By Julia C. Collins. Edited by William L. Andrews and Mitch Kachun. Foreword by Frances Smith Foster. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 208 pp. $22.00/$11.95 paper. Reviewed by Lois Brown, Mount Holyoke College he republication of The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride is an act of dynamic literary recovery. Editors William L. Andrews and Mitch Kachun introduce this work as the first novel, the first serialized novel, and the first non-autobiographical novel by an African American woman. Published serially in 1865 in the Christian Recorder, the gripping story was part of the promising oeuvre of Mrs. Julia C. Collins, a Pennsylvania mother, teacher, and writer. Collins, who died prematurely as a result of tuberculosis, also published forthright didactic essays in the Christian Recorder, and the editorial decision to include her essays in this volume is an important one. Set in the antebellum South and New England, the story illuminates how racial prejudice, or "the curse of caste," persists across generations and has the power to deprive women, men, and children of true social and emotional freedom. The novel focuses first http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Legacy University of Nebraska Press

The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel (review)

Legacy , Volume 24 (2) – Dec 17, 2007

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BOOk ReviewS The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel. By Julia C. Collins. Edited by William L. Andrews and Mitch Kachun. Foreword by Frances Smith Foster. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 208 pp. $22.00/$11.95 paper. Reviewed by Lois Brown, Mount Holyoke College he republication of The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride is an act of dynamic literary recovery. Editors William L. Andrews and Mitch Kachun introduce this work as the first novel, the first serialized novel, and the first non-autobiographical novel by an African American woman. Published serially in 1865 in the Christian Recorder, the gripping story was part of the promising oeuvre of Mrs. Julia C. Collins, a Pennsylvania mother, teacher, and writer. Collins, who died prematurely as a result of tuberculosis, also published forthright didactic essays in the Christian Recorder, and the editorial decision to include her essays in this volume is an important one. Set in the antebellum South and New England, the story illuminates how racial prejudice, or "the curse of caste," persists across generations and has the power to deprive women, men, and children of true social and emotional freedom. The novel focuses first

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Published: Dec 17, 2007

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