Mixing Race, Mixing Culture: Inter-American Literary Dialogues

Paperback | August 15, 2002

EditorMonika Kaup, Debra Rosenthal

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Over the last five centuries, the story of the Americas has been a story of the mixing of races and cultures. Not surprisingly, the issue of miscegenation, with its attendant fears and hopes, has been a pervasive theme in New World literature, as writers from Canada to Argentina confront the legacy of cultural hybridization and fusion.

This book takes up the challenge of transforming American literary and cultural studies into a comparative discipline by examining the dynamics of racial and cultural mixture and its opposite tendency, racial and cultural disjunction, in the literatures of the Americas. Editors Kaup and Rosenthal have brought together a distinguished set of scholars who compare the treatment of racial and cultural mixtures in literature from North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America. From various angles, they remap the Americas as a multicultural and multiracial hemisphere, with a common history of colonialism, slavery, racism, and racial and cultural hybridity.

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Over the last five centuries, the story of the Americas has been a story of the mixing of races and cultures. Not surprisingly, the issue of miscegenation, with its attendant fears and hopes, has been a pervasive theme in New World literature, as writers from Canada to Argentina confront the legacy of cultural hybridization and fusion....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.75 inPublished:August 15, 2002Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292743483

ISBN - 13:9780292743489

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionI. Mixed-Blood Epistemologies1. Werner Sollors, Can Rabbits Have Interracial Sex?2. Doris Sommer, Who Can Tell? The Blanks in Villaverde3. Zita Nunes, Phantasmatic Brazil: Nella Larsen's Passing, American Literary Imagination, and Racial UtopianismII. Métissage and Counterdiscourse4. Françoise Lionnet, Narrating the Americas: Transcolonial Métissage and Maryse Condé's La Migration des coeurs5. Michèle Praeger, Créolité or Ambiguity?III. Indigenization, Miscegenation, and Nationalism6. Priscilla Archibald, Gender and Mestizaje in the Andes7. Debra J. Rosenthal, Race Mixture and the Representation of Indians in the U.S. and the Andes: Cumandá, Aves sin nido, The Last of the Mohicans, and Ramona8. Susan Gillman, The Squatter, the Don, and the Grandissimes in Our AmericaIV. Hybrid Hybridity9. Rafael Pérez-Torres, Chicano Ethnicity, Cultural Hybridity, and the Mestizo Voice10. Monika Kaup, Constituting Hybridity as Hybrid: Métis Canadian and Mexican American FormationsV. Sites of Memory in Mixed-Race Autobiography11. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Living on the River12. Louis Owens, The Syllogistic Mixedblood: How Roland Barthes Saved Me from the indiansCoda: From Exoticism to Mixed-Blood Humanism13. Earl E. Fitz, From Blood to Culture: Miscegenation as Metaphor for the AmericasContributorsWorks CitedIndex

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I have nothing but praise for this book. It is well conceived, it shows that it was not put together hastily, it incorporates the latest scholarship, and it engages in the latest contemporary debates in the field. . . . Its ‘Pan-American’ approach is one that reflects the cutting edge of the field of Latin American and Latina/Latino Studies. - Rolando J. Romero, Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign