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A Probe of Local Color Writing in Charles Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman

LIU Xiaodong;  
Charles Chesnutt was among the first African American writers who made themselves a space in the print world of American mainstream culture in the late 19~(th) and early 20~(th) century. Under the label of “local color”, specifically the local tradition and narrative mode of frame story, Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman presents a realistic portrayal of life in the South after the American Civil War. Rooted in the black cultural tradition of “unity between man and nature” and told in black vernacular, his conjure tales expose the tragic life of black slaves and present a historical representation of slavery system with conjure's charm. The integration of black cultural elements into the writing of localism is Chesnutt's creativity beyond tradition, and it lays the foundation for the development of African American literature.
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