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By Tracy Anne Sachtjen

This undertaking brings jointly an research of local heritage, business capitalism, and U.S. empire to argue that ugliness---much greater than a personal crisis among someone and her mirror---became a style of justifying keep an eye on over the folks and areas remodeled by way of the industrial procedures of nineteenth-century growth. This dissertation engages ugliness as a historic formation to investigate how its repeated invocation in renowned cultures supplied a simple avatar of bad distinction opposed to which a nationalist physique can be respected. Ugliness specified a physique so misplaced or outpaced via glossy beliefs that exclusion grew to become the solution to nationalized clash. during this means, metaphors of visual appeal and aesthetic price buttressed the existing rhetoric of enlargement. This undertaking contributes to the learn of nationalist formation and embodiment by means of illuminating gender as a prop for racial abjection.

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While the other Indians quickly agreed to abandon their island to become neofitos (baptized Indians) at a Spanish mission, Dorthe remained defiant; in a moment of dramatic tension in which all converted "savages" have boarded the Spanish schooner for departure to mainland California, Dorthe jumped ship. 2 1 Gertrude Atherton, "Isle of Skulls," in The Splendid Idle Forties, Stories of Old California (New York: Macmillan, 1902), 264. , 263, 268. "5 Yet resemblance ended where racial difference began, and readers quickly learned that Dorthe was no ordinary New 3 On Atherton and her characterization of iconoclastic woman characters, see Carolyn Forrey, "Gertrude Atherton and the New Woman," California Historical Quarterly, LV (1976), 194-209; Elinor Richey, "The Flappers Were Her Daughters: The Liberated, Literary World of Gertrude Atherton," American West, XI (July 1974), 4-10; Joan M.

Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995), 220-238. On Atherton as a feminist and New Woman, see Carolyn Forrey, "Gertrude Atherton and the New Woman," California Historical Quarterly (1976), 194-209; Elinor Richey, "The Flappers Were Her Daughters: The Liberated, Literary World of Gertrude Atherton," American West XI (July 1974), 4-10. Quick mention of Atherton's fascination with (and ultimate disaffection for) mixed-race characters or miscegenation is made in a few studies. See Werner Sollors, Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), 142-161; Perry E.

40 McClure, 37, cites "What the Day's Work Means to Me," Bookman 42 (February 1916) 693. 41 Wortis Leider, 5. S. West have not been assessed. Such is the analysis that follows. California as Transnational Romance If Dorthe represented failure - her ugliness the consequence of her tenure on the island and her rejection of the romantic skein of the priest's proposal Carmelita, a Spanish-Mexican character in Los Cerritos: A Romance of Modern Time (1890), represented the successful incorporation of colonial modernity.

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