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date: 22 September 2019

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This article examines the persistence of race, slavery, and disability issues in nineteenth-century American literature. It employs both critical race and disability analysis to argue for a mutually constitutive relationship between these categories of representation in nineteenth-century American literature. The article comments on Mark Twain's novel Puddn'head Wilson and his short story “Those Extraordinary Twins,” which are structured around the mutually supportive tropes of conjoined twins and racial ambiguity.

Keywords: race, slavery, disabilities, American literature, Mark Twain, Puddn'head Wilson, Those Extraordinary Twins, racial ambiguity

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