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In her reading of detective fiction and passing narratives from the end of the nineteenth century forward, Jinny Huh investigates anxieties about race and detection. Adopting an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, she examines the racial formations of African Americans and Asian Americans not only in detective fiction (from Sherlock Holmes and Charlie Chan to the works of Pauline Hopkins) but also in narratives centered on detection itself (such as Winnifred Eaton’s rhetoric of undetection in her Japanese romances). In explicating the literary depictions of race-detection anxiety, Huh demonstrates how cultural, legal, and scientific discourses across diverse racial groups were also struggling with demands for racial decipherability. Anxieties of detection and undetection, she concludes, are not mutually exclusive but mutually dependent on each other's construction and formation in American history and culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 1. Whispers of Norbury: Sir Arthur Conan Doyleand the Modernist Crisis of Racial (Un)Detection
  2. pp. 23-52
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  1. 2. Intuitive Faculties and Racial Clairvoyance: Pauline Hopkins and the Emergence of Multiethnic Detective Fiction
  2. pp. 53-82
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  1. 3. Detecting Winnifred Eaton
  2. pp. 83-103
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  1. 4. Jaundiced Eyes: The Case of Charlie Chanand the Mysterious Disappearanceof a Detective Hero
  2. pp. 104-143
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  1. 5. Race Detection in a Color-Blind Era:Musings on the New Millennium
  2. pp. 144-170
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 171-186
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 187-202
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 203-208
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813937038
Print ISBN
9780813937014
MARC Record
OCLC
904339060
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-05
Language
English
Open Access
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