The Serial Novel, Nation, and Utopia: An Intratextual Re-reading of Pauline Hopkins’ Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self
This chapter provides a critical rereading of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins’ Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self (1902–1903), a serial utopian novel published in the Colored American Magazine. Taking an intratextual approach, Foster intervenes in the tendency to read nineteenth-century serial novels as standalone texts. Rather, she builds upon the work of textual scholars to re-read Of One Blood as the product of complex negotiations between editor, author, surrounding texts, and readers. She ultimately finds that Hopkins and the other writers of CAM resisted the systemic racism and segregation of their present by reimagining their collective past and future in a practice that evinces African American engagement with the processes of nation-building taking place at the time.
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