Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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List of Illustrations

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p. viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xi

As most authors are aware, writing is a very isolating endeavor. But it is also a very rewarding learning process. This book has taken too many years to complete. Without the support of friends, family, and colleagues, it would not exist. I have many people to thank who supported, inspired, and guided me along the way. They have nourished me with...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

On July 22, 2005, police shot and killed Jean Charles de Menezes, a twenty-seven-year-old electrician living in London, in Stockwell Station in South London because they incorrectly identified him as the suspected terrorist Hussain Osman. The police shot Menezes repeatedly in the head in front of...

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1. Whispers of Norbury: Sir Arthur Conan Doyleand the Modernist Crisis of Racial (Un)Detection

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pp. 23-52

One of this study’s underlying premises is that we are all culturally, socially, and legally groomed to be race detectors. Notwithstanding the absence of the title “detective,” everyday citizens are expected to know (and sometimes adamantly claim to know) the difference between white...

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2. Intuitive Faculties and Racial Clairvoyance: Pauline Hopkins and the Emergence of Multiethnic Detective Fiction

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pp. 53-82

In Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Passing, Irene Redfield ponders the consequences of Clare Kendry’s race passing and its potential discovery by her white husband: “What if Bellew should divorce Clare? Could he? There was the Rhinelander case” (228). This brief and mysterious reference to the...

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3. Detecting Winnifred Eaton

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pp. 83-103

The story of Winnifred Eaton is full of detective anxieties. By now, students and critics familiar with Asian American literary history are also well acquainted with the debate surrounding Edith and Winnifred Eaton’s status as pioneers of the Asian American literary canon. Rediscovered in the...

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4. Jaundiced Eyes: The Case of Charlie Chanand the Mysterious Disappearanceof a Detective Hero

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pp. 104-143

In 1942, the United States Army published and distributed an “educational” pamphlet for military personnel titled A Pocket Guide to China. The seventy-five-page guide was distributed to the U.S. Army and Navy during their stay in China during World War II. It included translations...

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5. Race Detection in a Color-Blind Era:Musings on the New Millennium

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pp. 144-170

Changing direction from earlier chapters, I conclude this study by reflecting on our current state of race detection panic via multiple “texts” ranging from print media, art installations, speculative narratives, transracial adoption, and reproductive biotechnology. Some of the examples...

Notes

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pp. 171-186

Bibliography

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pp. 187-202

Index

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pp. 203-208