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Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature

Werner Sollors


Why can a “white” woman give birth to a “black” baby, while a “black” woman can never give birth to a “white” baby in the United States? What makes racial “passing” so different from social mobility? Why are interracial and incestuous relations often confused or conflated in literature, making “miscegenation” appear as if it were incest? When did the myth that one can tell a person's race by the moon on their fingernails originate? How did blackness get associated with “the curse of Ham,” when the Biblical text makes no reference to skin color at all? This book, an exploration of “interracial ... More

Keywords: passing, social mobility, miscegenation, incest, skin color, interracial literature, intermarriage prohibitions, social taboos, race, Tragic Mulatto

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195052824
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195052824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Werner Sollors, author
Harvard University