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Title:Stories of Miscegenation: Fact and Fiction of Interracial Life and Art
Author(s):Austin-Wright, Cynthia D.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hendrick, George
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract:The contemporary reader, the one whose gaze is unconsciously informed by the same pseudo-science that is in dialogue with American literature, wonders what is real and looks to the biographical for comparison to the imaginary of literature. What she finds is a landscape of images and counterimages that suggest that the real of miscegenation and hybridity is almost inextricably bound to the imaginary complex that is formed by pseudo-science and literature. She comes to the conclusion that, in order to counteract the effects of centuries of pseudo-scientific conditioning, writers must continue to rail against the fixity of race representations while both acknowledging the origin of that fixity in science and creating a new science and literature complex that privileges and naturalizes narratives of open racial identification and cross-racial interaction.
Issue Date:1998
Description:192 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9912184
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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