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At Home and Abroad
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Featuring new critical essays by scholars from Europe, South America, and the United States, At Home and Abroad presents a wide-ranging look at how whiteness-defined in terms of race or ethnicity-forms a category toward which people strive in order to gain power and privilege. Collectively these pieces treat global spaces whose nation building and identity formation have turned on biological and genealogical exigencies to whiten themselves. Drawing upon racialized, national practices implemented prior to and during the twentieth century, each of the essays enlists literature or performance to reflect the sociopolitical imperatives that secured whiteness in the respective locations they study. They range from examinations of whiteness in the literature of Appalachia and contemporary Argentinean poetry to an analysis of performances memorializing the colonial experience in Italy and an exploration into the white rap music of Eminem and contemporary multiracial passing. As the contributors show, literary and performance representations have the power to chronicle histories that reflect the behaviors and lived realities of our selves. Whether whiteness, in addition to its physical manifestation, presents itself as identity, symbol, racism, culture, social formation, political imposition, legal imposition, or pathology, it has been outed into the visible, even in national spaces where the term “whiteness” has yet to be translated and entered into the official lexicon. The ten essays collected here provide powerful insights into where and how the race for biological and genealogical whiteness persists in various geopolitical realms and the ways in which Nordic whites, as well as ethnic whites and nonwhites, resecure its ascendance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Race for Whiteness in the Twentieth Century / La Vinia Delois Jennings
  2. pp. xi-xxviii
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  1. I. Literature
  2. pp. xxix-xxx
  1. Argentina White / Amy Kaminsky
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. A Dream of a White Vienna after World War I: Hugo Bettauer’s The City without Jews and The Blue Stain / Peter Höyng
  2. pp. 29-60
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  1. From “Yélida” to Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas: Gendering Resistance to Whiteness in the Dominican Republic / Dawn Duke
  2. pp. 61-92
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  1. Romancing Whiteness: Popular Appalachian Fiction and the Imperialist Imagination at the Turns of Two Centuries / Emily Satterwhite
  2. pp. 93-118
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  1. The Threat to Whiteness: White Women’s Marital Betrayals in Colonial Settings / Suzanne Leonard
  2. pp. 119-144
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  1. II. Performance
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. The Suspect Whiteness of Spain / Baltasar Fra-Molinero
  2. pp. 147-170
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  1. The Myth of Whiteness and a Changing Italy: Historic Memory and Colonialist Attitudes in Lamerica / Renée D’Elia-Zunino
  2. pp. 171-196
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  1. “Claiming”: White Ambition, Multiracial Identity, and the New American Racial Passing / Meredith McCarroll
  2. pp. 197-220
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  1. Beyond the White Negro: Eminem, Danny Hoch, and Race Treason in Contemporary America / Kimberly Chabot Davis
  2. pp. 221-254
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  1. Stalling Zion: Hegemony, Whiteness, and Racial Discourse in the Matrix Phenomenon / Douglas A. Cunningham
  2. pp. 255-284
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 285-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-305
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