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  • Mixed Race Hollywood
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  • Mary Beltran, Camilla Fojas
  • 2008
  • Published by: NYU Press
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A Kansas City Star 2008 Notable Book
Since the early days of Hollywood film, portrayals of interracial romance and of individuals of mixed racial and ethnic heritage have served to highlight and challenge fault lines within Hollywood and the nation’s racial categories and borders. Mixed Race Hollywood is a pioneering compilation of essays on mixed-race romance, individuals, families, and stars in U.S. film and media culture.
Situated at the cutting-edge juncture of ethnic studies and media studies, this collection addresses early mixed-race film characters, Blaxploitation, mixed race in children’s television programming, and the "outing" of mixed-race stars on the Internet, among other issues and contemporary trends in mixed-race representation. The contributors explore this history and current trends from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives in order to better understand the evolving conception of race and ethnicity in contemporary culture.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction: Mixed Race in Hollywood Film and Media Culture
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I: Miscegenation: Mixed Race and the Imagined Nation
  1. 1. Classical Hollywood and the Filmic Writing of Interracial History, 1931–1939
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. 2. Mixed Race Frontiers: Border Westerns and the Limits of “America”
  2. pp. 45-63
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  1. 3. Mixedfolks.com: “Ethnic Ambiguity,” Celebrity Outing, and the Internet
  2. pp. 64-83
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  1. Part II: Identity, Taboo, and “Spice”: Screening Mixed Race Romance and Families
  1. 4. Catching Up with History: Night of the Quarter Moon, the Rhinelander Case, and Interracial Marriage in 1959
  2. pp. 87-112
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  1. 5. A Window into a Life Uncloseted: “Spice Boy” Imaginings in New Queer Cinema
  2. pp. 113-135
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  1. 6. The Biracial Subject as Passive Receptacle for Japanese American Memory in Come See the Paradise
  2. pp. 136-154
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  1. Part III: Genre, Mixed Race, and Evolving Racial Identities
  1. 7. Race Mixing and the Fantastic: Lineages of Identity and Genre in Contemporary Hollywood
  2. pp. 157-181
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  1. 8. Virtual Race: The Racially Ambiguous Action Hero in The Matrix and Pitch Black
  2. pp. 182-202
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  1. 9. From Blaxploitation to Mixploitation: Male Leads and Changing Mixed Race Identities
  2. pp. 203-220
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  1. Part IV: Generation Mix? Shifting Meanings of Mixed Race Figures
  1. 10. Detecting Difference in Devil in a Blue Dress: The Mulatta Figure, Noir, and the Cinematic Reification of Race
  2. pp. 223-247
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  1. 11. Mixed Race in Latinowood: Latino Stardom and Ethnic Ambiguity in the Era of Dark Angels
  2. pp. 248-268
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  1. 12. Mixed Race on the Disney Channel: From Johnnie Tsunami through Lizzie McGuire and Ending with The Cheetah Girls
  2. pp. 269-289
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  1. 13. The Matrix Trilogy, Keanu Reeves, and Multiraciality at the End of Time
  2. pp. 290-312
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 313-315
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-325
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