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Introduction Black—White—Both—Neither—In—Between

Werner Sollors

in Neither Black Nor White Yet Both

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195052824
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195052824.003.0001
Introduction Black—White—Both—Neither—In—Between

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Neither black nor white yet both may be nothing more than a cliché. It does appear with some occurrence in interracial literature, and is one repetition among many that give this particular kind of literature a special quality. The tracing of such repeating features is the main topic of this book. By “interracial literature” is meant those works in all genres that represent love and family relations involving interracial couples, biracial individuals, their descendants, and their larger kin—to all of whom the phrasing may be applied, be it as couples, as individuals, or as larger family units. An interracial focus, however, might serve specific ends. Since there are no “races” nor widely agreed-upon definitions of “race,” comprehending the cultural operations which make them seem obvious or self-evident categories may be needed.

Keywords: interracial literature; genre; couples; descendants; cultural operations; race

Chapter.  11876 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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