The White African American Body: A Cultural and Literary Exploration

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Rutgers University Press, 2002 - 221 páginas

Blacks with white skin. Since colonial times, showmen have exhibited the bodies of African Americans with white or gradually whitening skin in taverns, dime museums, and circus sideshows. The term "white Negro" has served to describe an individual born with albinism as well as those who have vitiligo, a disorder that robs the skin of its pigment in ever-growing patches. In The White African American Body, Charles D. Martin examines the proliferation of the image of the white Negro in American popular culture, from the late eighteenth century to the present day.

This enigmatic figure highlights the folly of the belief in immutable racial differences. If skin is a race marker, what does it mean for blacks literally to be white? What does this say not only about blacks but also about whites? Scientists have probed this mystery, philosophers have pondered its meaning, and artists have profited from the sale of images of these puzzling figures.

Lavishly illustratedwith many rarely seen photographsThe White African American Body shows how the white Negro occupied, and still occupies, the precarious position between white and black, and how this figure remains resilient in American culture.

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In his first book, Martin (English, Florida State Univ.) examines America's obsession with skin color in a remarkably direct fashion. Taking a literary approach, he focuses on the image of the white ... Leer comentario completo

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A BALLYHO O FOR THE EXH B T ON
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Portrait of Maria Sabina
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Piebald girl from Buffons Lhistoire de lhomme
12
BARNUMS LEOPARD BOY The Reign of
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Henry Moss from Americanischer und Land Calendar Auf das 1797
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The Wonderful Spotted Indian John Boby lithograph
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Cartoon of Irish Emigrant from Diogenes Hys Lantern
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Leopard Girl photograph by Mathew Brady
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Rudolf Lucasie and family photograph by Mathew Brady
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Zalumma Agra the Star of the East
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Miss Ettie Reynolds the Madagascar Lady photograph by Charles Eisenmann
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Albino Circassian Beauty
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Eko Iko
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Anderson and Davis family tree from Pearson Nettleship and Ushers A Monograph on Albinism in Man
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Trade card
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SideShow at the Vermont State Fair photograph by Jack Délano
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John Wesley Nash photograph by Charles Eisenmann
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Albino Children with their Black Mother and Black Sister lithograph by Currier and Ives
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The Wonderful Albino Family lithograph by Currier and Ives
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Novel Concert by the Four Snow White Negro Boys poster
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The Four SnowWhite Albino Boys lithograph by Thayer and Company
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WHITE NEGROES LEO PARD BOYS
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Advertisement for Cooks Lightning Soap
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NO tes
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Charles D. Martin teaches American literature at Florida State University.

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