Race-ing the Century

1. Edition, 2005
457 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-5028-4
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume No.: 124
Available: 26.01.2005

Keywords: Künste, multikulturelle Gesellschaft, USA, Geschichte 1918-2000, Mexico, Chan, Charlie, Faulkner, William, Ethnologie

What do Charlie Chan and William Faulkner have in common? This study starts out from the assumption that there may well be a continuity between literature and popular culture in the racialized images they perpetuate. Looking at twentieth century American literature, film, music, and art, this book suggests that strategies of exclusion and of resistance are mutually constitutive. Where a 1920s Western audience yearned for exoticism, Josephine Baker donned a scanty costume of bird feathers and enchanted a white audience by singing to them from within a gilded cage. Looking at African American, Asian American, Chicano/a, and Native American cultural productions as constituting a rainbow coalition, this study seeks to chart out the terrain of a multi-ethnic nation, a nation to which, as El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, asserts, everyone is welcome - even the mainstream itself.

Yulia Kozyrakis in: Amerikastudien / American Studies, 54, 1 (2009), 143ff

Thomas Austenfeld in: American Literary Scholarship, 2005-1, 491

in: American Literature, September 2006;vol. 78, 668