Jasmine Mitchell investigates the development and exploitation of the mulatta figure in Brazilian and U.S. popular culture. Drawing on a wide range of case studies, she analyzes policy debates and reveals the use of mixed-Black female celebrities as subjects of racial and gendered discussions. Mitchell also unveils the ways the media moralizes about the mulatta figure and uses her as an example of an ”acceptable” version of blackness that at once dreams of erasing undesirable blackness while maintaining the qualities that serve as outlets for interracial desire.
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|Publisher:||University of Illinois Press|
|Edition description:||1st Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Jasmine Mitchell is an assistant professor of American studies and media and communication at SUNY Old Westbury.
Table of Contents
1 Foundations of the Mulata and Mulatta in the United States and Brazil 29
2 Framing Blackness and Mixedness: The Politics of Racial Identity in the Celebrity Texts of Jennifer Beals, Halle Berry, and Camila Pitanga 55
3 The Morena and the Mulata in Brazilian Telenovelas: Containing Blackness in a Racial Democracy 97
4 Reinventing the Mulatta in the United States for the 2000s: Celebrating Diversity amid the Haunting of Blackness 139
5 Remixing Mixedness: U.S. Media Imaginings of Brazil and Brazils Bid for Rio 2016 179