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Brown BeautyColor, Sex, and Race from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II$
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Laila Haidarali

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479875108

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479875108.001.0001

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Browning the Dark Princess

Browning the Dark Princess

Asian Indian Embodiment of New Negro Womanhood

(p.193) 5 Browning the Dark Princess
Brown Beauty

Laila Haidarali

NYU Press

Chapter 5 explores how brownness appeared in Harlem Renaissance fiction as an index of growing sentiments around transnational activism. Focusing on W. E. B. DuBois’s novel, Dark Princess: A Romance (1928), this chapter analyzes the novel’s narrative device of brownness with a focus on the representation of an Asian Indian princess as the main female protagonist and love interest of the African American male hero. This chapter also explores DuBois’s intellectualizing on the “race concept”; it highlights the political, social, and legal shifts in understandings of race while considering how these meanings shaped views of New Negro womanhood.

Keywords:   Harlem Renaissance fiction, Dark Princess: A Romance, W. E. B. Du Bois, Indian princess, transnational activism, New Negro womanhood, race concept

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