Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-17

In its provocative fall 1993 special issue, "The New Face of America," Time magazine sensationally represents hybridity as a dramatic development that is forcing a "new" look on America. The issue highlights how racial mixture is redefining American identity...

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ONE: Mulattas and Mestizas

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pp. 18-87

Paule Marshall's novel Praisesong for the Widow describes the origins of Thomasina Moore's uncertain racial identity: "He forced my mother / late / one night. / What do they call me?" (19). Her light skin enables her to pass and to perform in the chorus line at the Cotton Club. ...

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TWO: Creoles and Color

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pp. 88-129

Caribbean identity is built on both mestizo and mulatto mixture. While Mexican usage of mestizaje often elides the Africanist presence, this presence is more visible in the racial makeup of the Caribbean. In defining her Puerto Rican–American identity, Rosario Morales includes...

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THREE: The Transitive Bi-

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pp. 130-182

In its constructions of race, sex, gender, and nationality, the television show Designing Women provides more than a popular feminist message. The main characters of the show are four white southern women and an African-American man (predictably enough, an ex-convict) who works for them. ...

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FOUR: Millennial Mixtures

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pp. 183-210

African-American feminist science fiction writer Octavia Butler explores the limits of fluid identities. In Wild Seed (1980), her African heroine Anyanwu is a "shape-shifter": she can change the shape, color, or species of her body at will. ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 211-212

The mulatta/mestiza has held the attention of American media for more than a century. Her influence is significant enough to unleash a tremendous body of representations on the popular, the literary, the governmental, and the academic fronts, as all try to claim her with their rhetoric and their ideals. ...

Notes

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pp. 213-239

Bibliography

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pp. 241-259

Index

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pp. 261-268