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"This rich and fascinating study testifies to the long history of white Americans' ingenious and insatiable envy of blackness."--Barbara Johnson,
"Professor Gubar's readings are marvels of precision and insight. This is brillant scholarship of tremendous significance to American Letters."--Toni Morrison
"This is an important book for the way it highlights an active but underacknowledged field of cultural inquiry, and a study bound to prompt further debate."--Kirkus
"To even envision a post-racist society is contingent upon understanding the offensive, dense, and wildly contradictory nature of our racist past and present. Racechanges should be encouragement enough for readers to begin that task."--Gayle Pemberton, The Washington Post
"Susan Gubar's Racechanges is a fascinating study of the fluidity of all of our social identities, especially the supposedly fixed opposition between 'white' and 'black.' Gubar demonstrates that even the most seemingly dissimilar and antagonistic identities are defined through and imbedded in their putative opposites.Racechanges is a major contribution to cultural criticism and to the literature on the idea of race."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"The book is best in its chapter on 'Psychopathologies of Black Envy' (5). There Gubar argues that white men's blackface performances register not just homoerotic love and cultural/political/economic theft but also 'an uncanny, different kind of masculinism, an excessively physical masculinity stripped of traditional patriarchal privilege.'"--Signs