Neither Black Nor White Yet Both / Edition 1

Neither Black Nor White Yet Both / Edition 1

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by Werner Sollors
     
 

Why can a "white" woman give birth to a "black" baby, while a "black" woman can never give birth to a "white" baby in the United States? What makes racial "passing" so different from social mobility? Why are interracial and incestuous relations often confused or conflated in literature, making "miscegenation" appear as if it were incest? Werner Sollors examines these… See more details below

Overview

Why can a "white" woman give birth to a "black" baby, while a "black" woman can never give birth to a "white" baby in the United States? What makes racial "passing" so different from social mobility? Why are interracial and incestuous relations often confused or conflated in literature, making "miscegenation" appear as if it were incest? Werner Sollors examines these questions and others in Neither Black nor White yet Both, a fully researched investigation of literary works that, in the past, have been read more for a black-white contrast of "either-or" than for an interracial realm of "neither, nor, both, and in-between." From the origins of the term "race" to the cultural sources of the "Tragic Mulatto," and from the calculus of color to the retellings of various plots, Sollors examines what we know about race, analyzing recurrent motifs in scientific and legal works as well as in fiction, drama, and poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674607804
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
596
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Black—White—Both—Neither—In-Between

1. Origins; or, Paradise Dawning

2. Natus Aethiopus/Natus Albus

3. The Curse of Ham; or, From "Generation" to "Race"

4. The Calculus of Color

5. The Bluish Tinge in the Halfmoon; or, Fingernails as a Racial Sign

6. Code Noir and Literature

7. Retellings: Mercenaries and Abolitionists

8. Excursus on the "Tragic Mulatto"; or, The Fate of a Stereotype

9. Passing; or, Sacrificing a Parvenu

10. Incest and Miscegenation

Endings

Appendix A: A Chronology of Interracial Literature

Appendix B: Prohibitions of Interracial Marriage arid Cohabitation

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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