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"Exceeding boundaries": from subservience to subversion in 'Uncle Tom's children'

Abstract : Referring to 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', the title of Richard Wright's collection of short stories clearly indicates a rewriting of what is considered the first American best-seller. Almost a hundred years after the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's "children" are still subjugated by the white man. Therefore, they are liable to behave rebelliously and reject the enduring legacy of Uncle Tom's character in the mean time. Resultantly, Wright's short stories are engaged in an ideological confrontation and tend to deconstruct Stowe's stereotypical representations. This study therefore aims at analyzing the different aspects of Wright's rewriting with the help of the literary theories based on the notion of intertextuality as initiated by Mikhail Bakhtin.
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Florian Bousquet. "Exceeding boundaries": from subservience to subversion in 'Uncle Tom's children'. Literature. 2010. ⟨dumas-00706560⟩



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