Segregated Miscegenation: On the Treatment of Racial Hybridity in the North American and Latin American Literary Traditions


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Carlos Hiraldo earned his Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Coloring Latinos, Coloring the United States 1
The Novel as Popular Culture 1
Race in Latin America 1
Latinos as a U.S. Race 3
The Novel in the Dissemination and Reconfiguration of Notions about Race 5
Ch. 1 Novel Concepts: The Role of the Novel in Developing Ideas of Nation and Race in the Americas 9
Mikhail Bakhtin, Georg Lukacs, and the "New World" of the Novel 9
Benedict Anderson and the Novel as a Tool of National Imagination 14
Fredric Jameson and the Many Worlds in the Americas 16
Novels and the Fictionalization of Racial Attitudes 21
Ch. 2 Enslaved Characters: Nineteenth-Century Abolitionist Novels and the Absence of Bi-racial Consciousness 31
Differences between Bi-racial and Mulatto Characters 31
The Myth of Racial Purity versus the Dreams of a Miscegenated Paradise 32
The Limitations of Nineteenth-Century Racial Representations 36
Uncle Tom's Cabin and Bi-racial Characters in Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Latin American Literatures 38
Sab as a Nineteenth-Century Cuban Romantic Tale about Race 42
The Complicit Ignorance of Cecilia Valdes 44
A Thin Line between Black and White in Martin Morua Delgado's Sofia and Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson 46
Race without Romance in Antonio Zambrana's El negro Francisco 51
Ch. 3 Mulatto Fictions: Representations of Identity-Consciousness in U.S. and Latin American Bi-racial Characters 55
Mulatto Characters as Racial and Cultural Nexus 55
Passing the Tragic Mulatta in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature 58
Gabriela and the Sexualized Mulatta in Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature 63
Pobre negro, The Violent Land, and the Limits of Mulatto Characters in Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature 68
Joe Christmas and the Unmerry Existence of Mulatto Characters in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature 72
Go Down, Moses and the Mumbled Recognition of Racial Confluence in the United States 78
The Bluest Eye and the Persistence of Anti-mulatto Fiction in the United States 80
Ch. 4 Identity Against the Grain: Latino Authors of African European Heritage and Their Encounters with the Racial Ideology of the United States 85
Latino Authors and the "One Drop" Rule 85
Piri Thomas, Julia Alvarez, and the Limitations of Choosing Sides in the U.S. Racial Divide 87
Esmeralda Santiago and Negi's Persistent Puertoricanness in the Face of the "One Drop" Rule 101
Ch. 5 Choosing Your Own Face: Future Trends of Racial Discourses in the United States 107
Latino Influence in Other Cultural Products 107
The Latin American Racial Paradigm behind the "Wigga" 109
The Rock, Tiger Woods, and a Universal Race 111
Notes 113
Bibliography 119
Index 125
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    Pavo Real

    A book written in a crisp and engaging language with an insightful look at US and Latin American literature. It made me questions my own ideas about ethnicity and race within and outside the US.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    A Great Read

    A magnificient read. Good for the interested professional, grad student or simply the curious reader. A real insightful analysis of how contemporary concepts of race in the Americas have been created by the literary heritage of the hemisphere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    A Great Read...

    By reading this book, I learned a lot about the representation of races and cultures throughout the literary history of the Americas. Not boring and stodgy like many academic books I've read before. A fun and interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    Interesting study of the black culture in the Americas.

    Way to go, Carlos Hiraldo. Very interesting read!

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