Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature

Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines

Authors: Mafe, D.

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Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature examines the popular literary stereotype, the tragic mulatto, from a transnational perspective. Mafe considers the ways in which specific South African and American writers have used this controversial literary character to challenge the logic of racial categorization.

About the authors

Diana Adesola Mafe is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Denison University, USA.

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"Mafe's book is a smart and timely transnational renegotiation of the American trope of the tragic mulatto. Mafe not only argues for the significance of the narrative history of mixed race representation in South African fiction and poetry, but also maps how this later body of work transforms what has become a cultural stereotype. Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature offers a rich comparative analysis that asks students and scholars of African, African American, and especially African diaspora literature to rethink their framing - and teaching - of Black cultural studies across national and continental borders." - Samantha Pinto, Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, USA, and Author of Difficult Diasporas: The Transnational Feminist Aesthetic of the Black Atlantic

"Diana Adesola Mafe's work is both useful and timely, filling a gap in the literary study of colouredness and the transnational study of mixed race literature. Through her close readings of the tragic mulatto in South African and American literature, Mafe illustrates the transnational significance of this literary figure and the common ways writers have adopted it to explore both personal and national questions of being and belonging." - Research in African Literatures


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Tainted Blood: The “Tragic Mulatto” Tradition

    Mafe, Diana Adesola

    Pages 1-24

  • God’s Stepchildren: The “Tragedy of Being a Halfbreed” in South African Literature

    Mafe, Diana Adesola

    Pages 25-56

  • “An Unlovely Woman”: Bessie Head’s Mulatta (Re)Vision

    Mafe, Diana Adesola

    Pages 57-83

  • “A Little Yellow Bastard Boy”: Arthur Nortje’s Mulatto Manhood

    Mafe, Diana Adesola

    Pages 85-111

  • Tragic to Magic?: Achmat Dangor’s

    Mafe, Diana Adesola

    Pages 113-139

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature
Book Subtitle
Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Diana Adesola Mafe
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36493-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137364937
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36492-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47360-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 195
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
Topics