By Tracy Anne Sachtjen
This undertaking brings jointly an research of nearby background, business capitalism, and U.S. empire to argue that ugliness---much greater than a personal quandary among someone and her mirror---became a mode of justifying keep watch over over the folks and locations reworked by way of the commercial strategies of nineteenth-century enlargement. 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 specific a physique so misplaced or outpaced by way of sleek beliefs that exclusion grew to become the answer to nationalized clash. during this means, metaphors of visual appeal and aesthetic price buttressed the existing rhetoric of growth. This venture contributes to the examine of nationalist formation and embodiment through illuminating gender as a prop for racial abjection.
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As Casas notes, "By 1840 intermarriages along the California coast were an accepted feature of the social landscape . . " But contrary to Atherton's account, the acceptance of these alliances would largely end with the institutionalization of Anglo American bio-political assumptions. "Before the establishment of American hegemony," Casas writes, "Spanish-Mexican sensibilities excused and accommodated the unions of a white man and a neophyte woman. In the emerging and transforming world of Euro-American dominance .
31 Frank Roe Batchelder to Gertrude Atherton, May 30, 1932. Atherton MSS. 29 37 doubt that anyone was ever vainer than I. 33 Atherton adored the praise and capitalized upon her beauty, directing the many photographers and artists who rendered her image to feature the right side of her face (to her, the superior side), and to spotlight her white shoulders, clear complexion, and golden tresses. Beauty, her own as well as that of her characters or her audience, continued to be a primary focus of her writing, and her columns in popular magazines reflect this interest.
Carmelita's fate indicated that of the many so-called civilized changes Americanization would bring, what would not change was the patriarchal structure of authority. As Maria Raquel Casas has argued, Spanish-Mexican women stood at the heart of the interaction with Anglo American invaders. In Spanish history, intermarriage had long been a strategy of diplomatic negotiation. In medieval Spain, intermarriage had assisted in the removal of the Moors from the Iberian 53 Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, "The Bear Flag Party," from Recuerdos Historicos y Personales Tocante a la Alta California (1875), reprinted in The Literature of California: Writings from the Golden State, vol.