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Latining America

Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies

Claudia Milian

Publication Year: 2013

With Latining America, Claudia Milian proposes that the economies of blackness, brownness, and dark brownness summon a new grammar for Latino/a studies that she names “Latinities.” Milian’s innovative study argues that this ensnared economy of meaning startles the typical reading practices deployed for brown Latino/a embodiment.

Latining America keeps company with and challenges existent models of Latinidad, demanding a distinct paradigm that puts into question what is understood as Latino and Latina today. Milian conceptually considers how underexplored “Latin” participants––the southern, the black, the dark brown, the Central American—have ushered in a new world of “Latined” signification from the 1920s to the present.

Examining not who but what constitutes the Latino and Latina, Milian’s new critical Latinities disentangle the brown logic that marks “Latino/a” subjects. She expands on and deepens insights in transamerican discourses, narratives of passing, popular culture, and contemporary art. This daring and original project uncovers previously ignored and unremarked upon cultural connections and global crossings whereby African Americans and Latinos traverse and reconfigure their racialized classifications.

Published by: University of Georgia Press

Series: The New Southern Studies


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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-x

Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies came to fruition because my guiding forces, Jon Smith, Riché Richardson, and Nancy Grayson, willed it into being. I recognize, first and foremost, my deepest gratitude and appreciation to Jon, Riché, and Nancy for their bold vision, wholehearted commitment, promptness, and tremendous support. ...

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Introduction: The Copiousness of Latin

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pp. 1-24

Not only has the word “Latin” migrated northward but, historically speaking, so have multiethnic racialized subjects. Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies examines how multidirectional processes of Latinness travel, break, and alter at the level of meaning, geographies, and peoples. ...

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Chapter One: Southern Latinities

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pp. 25-58

This chapter delves into the challenges and contradictions that emanate from U.S. African American, Latino, and Latina boundaries in discourses of the U.S. South and its place across an untrammeled Global South. I trace the articulation of these identifications and differences in a twofold manner: (1) seemingly intact ethnoracial bodies tied to specific landscapes ...

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Chapter Two: Passing Latinities

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pp. 59-92

If the reader has accompanied me through chapter 1, it should by now become apparent that this project is observant of cross-cultural, passing acquaintances. My topic of study pursues altering scripts of working ambiguities that involve coming to, getting to, or turning to a new appreciation for quotidian attributes of arriving at Latinities ...

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Chapter Three: Indigent Latinities

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pp. 93-122

The previous two chapters touched on the copious Latined elements in the casting and negotiation of blackness and brownness. A black-brown reprisal follows, extending the ways that bodies exist beyond the boundaries and discourses that subject them. This chapter attends to Latino and Latina articulations of and adjustments to configurations of dark brownness and blackness, ...

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Chapter Four: Disorienting Latinities

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pp. 123-150

Up to this point this volume has demonstrated a link in the semiotic lines of race, culture, movement, and geography. These markers have been scrutinized in ways that exceed the black-white and brown-white dyad, centering on the interchangeable and unsettled presence of blackness, brownness, and dark brownness. ...

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Epilogue: @

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pp. 151-158

Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies has endeavored through the economies of blackness, brownness, and dark brownness. These colorings have marked the necessity for an au courant set of questions and language, as these interrelated Latinities have resonances within and beyond Latino, Latina, and African American domains. ...


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pp. 159-258

Works Cited

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pp. 259-288


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pp. 289-302

E-ISBN-13: 9780820344799
E-ISBN-10: 0820344796
Print-ISBN-13: 9780820344355
Print-ISBN-10: 0820344354

Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 5 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: The New Southern Studies
Series Editor Byline: Jon Smith and Riché Richardson, Series Editors See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 859536727
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