Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial [Gaither Review]

Posted in Articles, Book/Video Reviews, Communications/Media Studies, Media Archive, United States, Women on 2013-04-15 04:38Z by Steven

Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial [Gaither Review]


Renoir Gaither

MXDWELL is a versatile online news source that celebrates and redefines the mixed experience by presenting a variety of cultural and artistic news, while promoting diversity as a vital aspect of our community.

Behind her behemoth title, “Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulattato the Exceptional Multiracial,” author Ralina L. Joseph carries on the business of dissecting multiracial representation in American popular culture with acuity and zeal.

The result is a study that cedes little to those who decry that race no longer matters in American society. Over the past few decades a groundswell of scholarly attention has sprouted on the subject of multiraciality. And hybridity and critical mixed-race theorists continue to stake claims on the theoretical landscape. Professor Joseph acquires her piece of theoretical real estate through interdisciplinary analysis of mixed-race characters in contemporary film, fiction and television, in particular, representations of mixed-race African Americans. Joseph tackles a multitude of cavernous issues surrounding such representations, ever delving into the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality and class, and the many codes in which the latter are inscribed on mixed-race representation…

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Multiracial America: A Resource Guide on the History and Literature of Interracial Issues

Posted in Anthologies, Books, Family/Parenting, Gay & Lesbian, History, Identity Development/Psychology, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Media Archive, Politics/Public Policy, Social Science, Teaching Resources, United States on 2009-11-07 22:10Z by Steven

Multiracial America: A Resource Guide on the History and Literature of Interracial Issues

The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
March 2005
264 pages
Paper ISBN: 0-8108-5199-7; ISBN-13: 978-0-8108-5199-3

Edited by

Karen Downing, Foundation and Grants Librarian
Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

Darlene Nichols, Psychology Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction
Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

Kelly Webster, Associate Librarian
Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

Multiracial America addresses a growing interest in interracial people and relationships in America. Over the past decade, there have been numerous books and articles written on interracial issues. Despite the rampant growth in publishing, locating these often-scattered and inaccessible materials remains a challenge. This resource guide provides easy access to the available literature. Topical chapters on the most often researched themes are included, such as core historical literature, books for children and young adults, hot-button issues (passing, identification, appearance, fitting in, and blood quantification), interracial dating and marriage, families, adoption, and issues pertaining to race and queer sexuality. Each chapter includes a brief discussion of the literature on the topic, including historical context and comments on the breadth and depth of the available literature, and followed by annotations of books, popular and scholarly journals, magazines, and newspaper articles, videos/films, and websites. Other useful sections include a chapter on the depiction of interracial relationships in film, teaching an interracial issues course, and how to search for materials given changing terminology and classification issues. Indexes by race and non-print media are included.

Table of contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  1. Accessing the Literature by Karen Downing
  2. Teaching an Interracial Issues Course by David Schoem
  3. Hot Button Issues by Karen Downing and Kelly Webster
  4. Core Historical Literature by Chuck Ransom
  5. The Politics of Being Interracial by Karen Downing
  6. Interracial Dating and Marriage by Alysse Jordan
  7. Interracial Families by Renoir Gaither
  8. Transracial Adoption by Darlene Nichols
  9. Books for Children and Young Adults by Darlene Nichols
  10. Multiracial Identity Development by Kelly Webster
  11. The Intersection of Race and Queer Sexuality by Joseph Diaz
  12. Representations of Interracial Relationships and Multiracial Identity on the American Screen by Helen Look and Martin Knott
  • Appendix I. Subject Heading/Descriptor Vocabularly to Assist in Searching by Karen Downing
  • Appendix II. Definitions of Terms Used in Interracial Literature by Karen Downing
  • Appendix III. Sociology 412 — Ethnic Identity and Intergroup Relations Syllabus by David Schoem
  • Appendix IV. OMB Directive 15
  • Appendix V. Resources by Race
  • Index
  • About the Contributors
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