The "Tragic Mulatto" in three nineteenth-century German antislavery texts
In the second half of the nineteenth century, rising German emigration to America and the epoch-making novel Uncle Tom's Cabin generated intense interest in slavery and inspired a number of German antislavery texts. Although they rely on sentimental plots and reinforce certain racial stereotypes, texts by Friedrich Strubberg, Ulrich Baudissin, and Louise Weil reveal nuanced explorations of interlocking systems of race and gender relations in the experience of the woman slave. While all three authors enclose their mixed-race heroines within white bourgeois marriage, Weil-a rare woman writer in this genre-presents women characters who exercise authority outside of domesticity.
Modern and Classical Languages
Martin, Judith E. "The" Tragic Mulatto" in Three Nineteenth-Century German Antislavery Texts." German Studies Review (2009): 357-376.
German Studies Review