Setting aside the question of substance and legitimacy of the claims made against them and focusing instead on what the witnesses said about Maria, Leonor and Phelipa and their works gives us an opportunity to see that these Black and Mulatta
women, free and enslaved, participated in dynamic communities that involved complicated relationships that were unbounded by ethnic category.
Like Clotel, Jane becomes the mulatta
woman in the cottage, which, in this instance, is a mansion.
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FEED ME One of the five stone mulatta
monkeys; OBESE Some find moving hard; WARNING Don't feed monkeys sign
Take, for instance, the Mulatta
receiving a letter from her mistress.
And the Chinese mulatta
at my side, sticking her tongue in my eyes, like a windshield wiper, her tongue in my ear, between my teeth, my tongue and hers, the party, the mulatta
's tongue, the suicide, the alcohol.
Yet I would argue the tragic mulatta
also keeps such sufferings sufficiently distant to permit the contemplation of their disturbing nature; she is "near-white" or white in appearance only, so that her sufferings remain those of the enslaved African-American.
Bowman manages to take stereotypical tragic mulatta
mythology and turn it on its head with a modern story of personal conflict and family ties.
Although historical figures like Toussaint, Henri Christophe, and Leclerc are mentioned, the action revolves around the blinding of a French colonel with a fork by a fifteen-year-old mulatta
prostitute, who hides in the home of a ruined old Frenchman suffering from gout.
Bogle uses the tragic mulatto throughout his work in several ways: as the cultural/literary type I have outlined here; as the "doomed, unfulfilled" character essayed by certain black actresses in films (who themselves are mulatta
types in terms of racial characteristics) even when not technically mulatta
characters (the most problematic use: the description certainly fits equally many Garbo heroines); and (if I read him correctly) as a metaphor for the frustrated careers of those same black actresses (he describes Dandridge as the "apotheosis of the tragic mulatto").
The Battle of San Jacinto was probably lost to the Mexicans, owing to the influence of a Mulatta
girl (Emily) belonging to Col.
Before I begin my discussion of Ai and her work, I will flesh out and trace two significant ways in which the tragic mulatta
has been (famously) depicted.