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Race and Romance: Coloring the Past

This study brings race and the literary tradition of romance into dialogue.

Race and Romance: Coloring the Past explores the literary and cultural genealogy of colorism, white passing, and white presenting in the romance genre. The scope of the study ranges from Heliodorus’ Aithiopika to the short novels of Aphra Behn, to the modern romance novel Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins. This analysis engages with the troublesome racecraft of “passing” and the instability of racial identity and its formation from the premodern to the present. The study also looks at the significance of white settler colonialism to early modern romance narratives. A bridge between studies of early modern romance and scholarship on twenty-first-century romance novels, this book is well-suited for those interested in the romance genre.

160 pages | 6 x 9

Culture Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Debating the Obvious
Chapter 2: So Like Her Father
Chapter 3: Settling an Isle, or an Englishman’s Color
Chapter 4: Seeing What You Want
Chapter 5: Looking and Seeing
Chapter 6: “Fictions of the Pose”: Act I, Scene 2
Works Cited

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