4/2 — Un-Reconstructing the Cabin (1)

  This week we're studying the way Southern writers ab-used Stowe's novel at the turn into the 20th century. Chronologically most of the reading we're doing for Wednesday should come first, but I'm trying to respond to the concern you expressed to have less reading for midweek, and (as you'll understand after reading about Page's novel at the first link below), The Leopard's Spots does literally follow the "Tom Show."

  • The Leopard's Spots
        Read all of Part I and Part III. This is a lot of pages, but Dixon's 1902 novel provides an incredible moment in the afterlife of UTC, and is a very significant cultural text. Hateful and popular.

  • The Cabin in Birth of a Nation
        The main source of D. W. Griffith's movie was Dixon's second novel, The Clansman (1905), which along with Leopard's Spots and later The Traitor (1907) formed The Klan Trilogy. Selected incidents from Dixon's first novel, though, are included in the film —and in one scene in particular Griffith alludes almost as directly as Dixon to Stowe's novel, and revises it as ruthlessly.

        Go ahead and read Part II of Leopard's Spots, if you want. (1907)