Frontmatter

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication

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Contents

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

The seeds of this project were planted many years ago, when I took an undergraduate course on nineteenth-century women writers with Julia Stern at Northwestern University...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiv

This project has been nourished by many sources. I am indebted to friends and colleagues who have generously given their time and talents to make this book better. I am humbled by and grateful for their contributions...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-26

In a variety of popular fictions published in the United States around the turn of the twentieth century by authors who share no obvious ethnic/ racial, literary, or personal ties, certain conventions appear again and again: mixed-race protagonists...

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Chapter 1. Mulattos, Mysticism, and Marriage: African American Identity and Psychic Integration

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pp. 27-54

In this chapter, I analyze a figure whose revision of the conventions of race and romance marks a crucial moment in the transformation of American models of national identity...

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Chapter 2. Half-Caste Family Romances: Divergent Paths of Asian American Identity

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pp. 55-90

In “A Contract” (1902), one of Winnifred Eaton’s popular Orientalist romances published under the pen name Onoto Watanna, O-Kiku-san, a young Japanese woman, explains...

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Chapter 3. The Mexican Mestizo/a in the Mexican American Imaginary

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pp. 91-118

In the previous two chapters, I showed how the racial romance traveled from African American literature featuring the “mulatto/a” to Winnifred Eaton’s “half-castes,” doing important...

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Chapter 4. Half-Breeds and Homesteaders: Native/American Alliances in the West

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pp. 119-148

I have now illustrated several variations of the racial romance as used by women authors to urge their U.S. readers to recognize nonwhite minorities as members of the national family...

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Chapter 5. Blood and Blankets: Americanizing European Immigrants through Cultural Miscegenation and Textile Reproduction

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pp. 149-170

In the previous chapters I have explored the common ground between incest and miscegenation in North American fictions by minority writers who sought to expose the racial and gender inequalities between white men and racialized...

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Conclusion

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pp. 171-178

The Romance of Race has illustrated the extent to which miscegenation and incest were dangerous and powerful tropes deployed in literature and popular culture as a means to reimagine racial and ethnic minorities as members of the national...

Notes

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pp. 179-208

Bibliography

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pp. 209-224

Index

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pp. 225-247