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In her article “Slave, Master, Mistress, Slave”, published in 1997, Betsy Klimasmith discusses the literary work of Louisa May Alcott. Among others, Klimasmith investigates the problem of interracial intersexual relationship in Alcott’s fiction. More precisely, the scholar claims that describing the relationship between white women and mulatto men in different texts, Alcott reveals the deficiency of sentimental fiction when it comes to picturing the whole spectre of female desire. By doing so, Alcott seems to allow her heroines feelings and characteristics beyond the Cult of True Womanhood. For the sake of her argument, Klimasmith analyses three texts by Alcott: “M.L.”, “My Contraband” and A Long Fatal Love Chase.
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