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Chester Himes’s The Third Generation: A Dystopic Domestic Novel

Chester Himes’s The Third Generation: A Dystopic Domestic Novel Chester Himes’s The Third Generation: A Dystopic Domestic Novel by Sandra Wilson Smith For the sake of argument, imagine that you sit down to read a novel, and it opens with the following paragraphs: Spring was in the air. The bright morning sunshine had dried the dew and warmed the ground, and crocuses, bordering the front brick walk, bloomed in yellow flame. Rosebushes along the front picket fence were heavy with buds, and the tiny lacquered leaves of the spreading elderberry tree trembled as if in ecstasy. Everything seemed dazzlingly clean and dressed for an occasion. Beyond the vivid green of the sprouting grass the small frame house glistened with fresh white paint. The faces of two small children pressed wistfully against the front windowpanes gave eyes to the house. It was a pleasant house, and one could imagine it having eyes, and smiling, too, on such a morning. Professor Taylor rented it from the college president. (7) What kind of story would you anticipate from this? A sentimental tale in which the mother does her part to make the world a better place by edu- cating her children with loving kindness and gracious moral examples? A British tale http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Chester Himes’s The Third Generation: A Dystopic Domestic Novel

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 41 (2) – May 21, 2009

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Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
ISSN
1534-1461

Abstract

Chester Himes’s The Third Generation: A Dystopic Domestic Novel by Sandra Wilson Smith For the sake of argument, imagine that you sit down to read a novel, and it opens with the following paragraphs: Spring was in the air. The bright morning sunshine had dried the dew and warmed the ground, and crocuses, bordering the front brick walk, bloomed in yellow flame. Rosebushes along the front picket fence were heavy with buds, and the tiny lacquered leaves of the spreading elderberry tree trembled as if in ecstasy. Everything seemed dazzlingly clean and dressed for an occasion. Beyond the vivid green of the sprouting grass the small frame house glistened with fresh white paint. The faces of two small children pressed wistfully against the front windowpanes gave eyes to the house. It was a pleasant house, and one could imagine it having eyes, and smiling, too, on such a morning. Professor Taylor rented it from the college president. (7) What kind of story would you anticipate from this? A sentimental tale in which the mother does her part to make the world a better place by edu- cating her children with loving kindness and gracious moral examples? A British tale

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 21, 2009

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