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Grace's motivation to 'adopt Mary' is inspired by a photograph in a newspaper of two fair-skinned Aboriginal girls dressed in white lace-collared dresses and a caption that read, 'These octoroons and quadroons have been rescued from shameful circumstances and generously taken into the homes of Christian families' (p.
we find the octoroon being handed a bottle of perfume to smell for her pleasure and comfort (158).
An octoroon, Mother's race becomes a key factor in her performance of identity.
9) Katy Chiles, 'Blackened Irish and Brownfaced Amerindians: Constructions of American Whiteness in Dion Boucicault's The Octoroon, Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film, 31 (2004), 28-50; Scott Boltwood, '"The Ineffaceable Curse of Cain": Race, Miscegenation, and the Victorian Staging of Irishness, Victorian Literature and Culture, 29 (2001), 383-96.
That same year, popular culture got into the act with The Octoroon, a play at New York City's Winter Garden Theater.
28) According to him, Henry's reason for murdering Bon was the latter's intended bigamy, since he already has an octoroon wife and a son in New Orleans, kept secret.
The rebellious actions of Charles Bon's octoroon son, who marries the blackest woman he can find, exemplify how socialization defined face as much as vice versa.
A century ago, the nation saw itself in a range of hues: The 1890 Census included categories for racial mixtures such as quadroon (one-fourth black) and octoroon (one-eighth black).
He quoted a passage from it in Tropic of Cancer: "Not forgetting Rodin, the evil genius of The Wandering Jew, who practiced his nefarious ways 'until the day when he was enflamed and outwitted by the octoroon Cecily'" (43).
My mother, whose maiden name was Ogden, told us she was German Dutch but occasionally she would claim that she was an octoroon.
His list of successes is impressive: London Assurance 1841), The Colleen Bawn (1860), The Shaughran (1875), The Streets of New York and The Octoroon (1861), and The Poor of New York (1861).
The latter part of the autumn was largely taken up with plays by Dion Boucicault, The Colleen Bawn and The Octoroon being the mainstay of the month.
For example, he addresses the complex racial makeup of various Creoles and their astonishingly precise social labels: "mulatto (black and white), griffe (black and mulatto), sacrato (black and griffe), marabon (mulatto and griffe), os rouge (black and Indian), quadroom (white and mulatto), tierceron (mulatto and quadroon), and octoroon (white and quadroon)" (p.
One such review was of actress Nellie Maher's performance of Dora in the Boucicault melodrama, The Octoroon, at the Academy of Music in 1878.
4) Brody's chapter, "Miscegenating Multaroons: Women of Colour," examines three Anglo-American Multaroons: Olivia Fairschild in The Woman of Colour; Rhoda Swartz from William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair;, and Zoe Peyton from Dion Boucicault's The Octoroon.
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