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Understanding the use of the word "Negress" in the Kilmartin and Cox translation of Solaris

Native speaker here. The most important part that was lost in translation was the rhythm of the prose. Lem's texts at all times have a quality similar to that of a blank verse. Sadly, I think it would ...
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Why does Modesta Gómez demand payment from the indigenous girl?

Brenci Patiño makes the point that the two women, Modesta and the indigenous woman, are "pitted against each other" by the social structure around them. They "share similar experiences ...
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Why are there so many references to Moneylenders and Jews in 19th century fiction?

At the time, there were many Jewish bankers/moneylenders, so moneylenders were probably often portrayed as Jews. For a very long time, the Jews have been associated with banking and money. There are a ...
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Why is the colour of Caliban's girls important?

This is a strange question for a number of reasons. First of all, it's quite broad and meandering. There's a lot of assumptions in the question that aren't correct and need to be corrected. I mention ...
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Is it whitewashing to depict Blaise Zabini as white?

Whitewashing is distinct but related things. Changing an existing non-white character to be a white one. Using white characters in a setting that would typically have non-whites. White actors, ...
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Was Mark Twain a racist?

As a concise and direct answer to your question, here is a quote from Twain's essay "Concerning the Jews": "I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices or caste ...
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Why is "The Vanishing Half" set in Louisiana?

It's set in Louisiana because the town is based on a real town as she mentions in an NPR interview: I got the idea for the book from a conversation I had with my mother, who told me very offhandedly ...
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What was the ethnicity of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights?

TL;DR: Heathcliff’s ethnicity is ambiguous. To the other characters, his appearance strikes them as foreign, but they cannot say with any certainty where he appears to be from. Mr Earnshaw’s ...
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Why are there so many references to Moneylenders and Jews in 19th century fiction?

Sorry to be brief, I'm writing this on a phone (more to follow later). Short answer: for a long time, usury rules generally forbade Catholics from lending money at interest to other Catholics. ...
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Understanding the use of the word "Negress" in the Kilmartin and Cox translation of Solaris

Here's the original Polish text of this passage (plus half a sentence as the sentence breaks are different in the translation). I highlighted the sentence that was translated as “A giant Negress was ...
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Why are there so many references to Moneylenders and Jews in 19th century fiction?

I love Anthony Trollope for his characters but, sadly, he often characterizes Jews in late 19 century London as prosperous but dangerous moneylenders to the elite ("The Eustace Diamonds" and "The Duke'...
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Understanding the use of the word "Negress" in the Kilmartin and Cox translation of Solaris

"You are black? [...] In my country everyone had white skin, so we had to use the shades. My hair were dark so I've been called black" The paraphrased quote above is from "American ...
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What is Baldwin referring to by the "magnificent twenties"?

It's referring to the 1920s. Note the reference to the book's publication as "one of the last of all through the thirties", "one year before our entry into the last world war". The prevailing view ...
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What was the ethnicity of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights?

Heathcliff's precise ethnicity is still open to debate. In the mid-nineteenth century, the term "gypsy" could refer to a Romani individual, or it could more be used to describe someone who ...
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Where and to whom did Toni Morrison give this speech?

In another part of that same book (I cannot find the page number in Google books), the author says this speech was at Portland University. "Toni Morrison, one of the foremost storytellers of my ...
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Why is the colour of Caliban's girls important?

My answer about the pronouns in "Shift" focused on the opposition between nature (and a person's nature and roots) on the one hand, and technology-based civilisation on the other. My interpretation of ...
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