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American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination$
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Amanda Brickell Bellows

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655543

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655543.001.0001

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American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination

Amanda Brickell Bellows

University of North Carolina Press

During the post-emancipation era in Russia and the United States, authors created nostalgic historical fiction that romanticized Russian serfdom and American slavery. This chapter compares the short stories of white, Southern authors Thomas Nelson Page and Joel Chandler Harris with the mass-oriented historical fiction of Russian aristocrats Grigorii Danilevskii, Vsevolod Solov’ev, Evgenii Salias, and Evgenii Opochinin. In their literature, these privileged authors created narratives targeting middle-class readers that deliberately misrepresented the histories of slavery and serfdom during a period characterized by the acquisition of critical new rights by peasants and African Americans.

Keywords:   historical fiction, literature, Russian serfdom, American slavery, Grigorii Danilevskii, Vsevolod Solov’ev, Evgenii Salias, Evgenii Opochinin, Thomas Nelson Page, Joel Chandler Harris

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