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Writing for Justice
Victor Séjour, the Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, and the Age of Transatlantic Emancipations
Elèna Mortara

Dartmouth College Press



Contents

Introduction: Crossing Borders
• PART I. A CREOLE AMERICAN WRITER IN PARIS
• From New Orleans to France: Séjour’s Early Life and “Le Mulâtre”
Diégarias, a Mixed-Identity Tragedy
• Poet, Playwright, and Double Endings in 1859
• PART II. IN THE AGE OF EMANCIPATIONS: THE MORTARA CASE AND A WRITER’S CONSCIENCE
La Tireuse de cartes: The Mortara Case and Artistic Passing
• A Catholic Playwright and His Plea to the Pope
• Plot and Conflicts on Stage in
La Tireuse de cartes
• Mulatta Figures in French and American Literature, 1834–1853: Gender, Race, and Identity
• The Gender Issue in the Play
• Torn Between Belongings
• Revenge vs. Forgiveness in Shakespeare and Séjour
• Censorship, History, and the Drama’s Denouement
• Contemporary Performances and Reviews in France and Italy
• An Age of Transatlantic Emancipations
• Rise and Fall of an Expatriate Playwright
• A Writer’s Indignant Conscience
• PART III. WHEN IT SNOWS HISTORY
• Family Recollections: A Personal Note
• Appendixes
• A Note on the Texts
• “The Mortara Case,”
The New York Times, Dec. 4, 1858
• Penina Moïse, “Tribute of Condolence,”
The Jewish Messenger, Dec. 24, 1858
• Adah Isaacs Menken, “To the Sons of Israel,”
The Israelite, Jan. 28, 1859
• Victor Séjour, Preface to
La Tireuse de cartes (1860)
• Acknowledgements
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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