Abstract

This article discusses Mina Loy's unpublished prose within the context of theories of spiritual evolution and the "Cosmopolitan Jew" popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Counter to the views of many of her contemporaries, Loy advocated a eugenic practice grounded in the benefits of mixed race breeding. The article contends that to understand fully Loy's perspective on race and ethnicity, both her writings on Judaism and her lifelong commitment to Christian Science should be taken into account. America's "melting pot" of ethnic and racial diversity—a condition she saw as one that made America evolutionarily superior to other nations—led the British-born Loy to valorize American identity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1464
Print ISSN
0022-281X
Pages
pp. 47-63
Launched on MUSE
2008-01-10
Open Access
No
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