Heterosexuality, African Americans, Novels, African American culture, Desire, Narratives, Love, Literary criticism, Renaissance literature, Post World War I period
Presents literary criticism of the novels "There is Confusion" and "Plum Bun" by Jessie Fauset focusing on their portrayal of the connections between love and desire, heterosexuality, and race in the 1920s U.S. The impact of Fauset's relationship with sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois on the themes of these works is also evaluated. Broadly, the author is concerned with the works' connection to the country's changing sexual climate during this time.
African American Review
Stokes, Mason. "There Is Heterosexuality: Jessie Fauset, W. E. B. Du Bois, and the Problem of Desire." African American Review, vol. 44, no. 1/2, Spring/Summer 2011, pp. 67-83.