Writing Manhood in Black and Yellow: Ralph Ellison, Frank Chin, and the Literary Politics of Identity

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"Through the works of Ralph Ellison and Frank Chin, Kim examines cultural representations of African-American and Asian-American masculinity. He highlights the language of gender and sexuality that writers use to depict the psychological injuries inflicted on men of color and explains the ways that homosexuality comes to function as a powerful symbol for a feminizing racism."—Reference & Research Book News

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"Through the works of Ralph Ellison and Frank Chin, Kim examines cultural representations of African-American and Asian-American masculinity. He highlights the language of gender and sexuality that writers use to depict the psychological injuries inflicted on men of color and explains the ways that homosexuality comes to function as a powerful symbol for a feminizing racism."—Reference & Research Book News

"...A wonderful example of a book that seamlessly merges literary close readings, psychoanalytic theory, and cultural studies...Kim's work presents a more complicated picture of Afro-Asian relations that acknowledges the libratory potential and problematic rhetoric the two sometimes share."
—Julia H. Lee, University of California, Irvine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804751087
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2005
  • Series: Asian America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Kim is Associate Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Preface xv
Introduction 1
1 Invisible Desires: Homoerotic Racism and Its Homophobic Critique in Invisible Man 41
2 Bluesprints for Negro Manhood: Ellison and the Vernacular 83
3 The Legacy of Fu-Manchu: Orientalist Desire and the Figure of the Asian "Homosexual" 124
4 "Shells of the Dead": The Melancholy of Masculine Desire 160
5 The Fantasy of a Yellow Vernacular: Mimetic Hunger and the "Chameleon Chinaman" 203
Coda 232
Notes 251
Index 279
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