An Outline of American Literature by Peter B. High

By Peter B. High

A survey of the English prose, poetry and drama of the U.S. from Colonial instances to the1980s.

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In evident terror” (102) at the slightest danger, and whose fits, faints, and malapropisms provide stock comic relief. She is by no means villainous, but the novel deliberately contrasts her cowardice and superstitions, which align her with the sailors, Africans, and apes, to the quiet dignity of her white companions. ” In marking the difference between himself and both the white sailors and the black servant, Tarzan cleverly positions himself at the top of the novel’s racial and class hierarchies.

And there was a story that he’d agreed to pay five years’ taxes on all the neighboring cottages if the owners would have their roofs thatched with straw. 54 The developers of the prestigious Shaker Heights subdivision recognized the same Anglo-Saxon affiliations when they boasted about the costs of improvements and then promptly disclaimed their crassness: “The dollar sign does not appear on the Shaker Village coat of arms” (Van Sweringen Co. 41). The only titles American homeowners might possess were those to their land and houses, but they conferred a certain nobility when linked to an elite subdivision.

Burroughs, the benign ruler, would enforce the rights of his people, who were also his peers. As a community, Tarzana would guarantee the property rights and home life of its residents. Whites could enjoy the “privileges” of suburban house ownership in his peaceful domain without undue constraints upon their liberty, because they were really masters of themselves.

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