CFP: Minstrelsy, Passing, and the Location of American Racial Identity (7/15/06; journal issue)

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Gina Barreca
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Call for Papers: Minstrelsy, Passing, and the
Location of American Racial Identity

Representations of "going native," "crossing over,"
and "passing" have long been a staple of American
culture. The terms themselves are indicative of an
American ideology of race that is at once performative
in its practices and spatial in its logic. From those
first white men dressed as Indians dumping tea into
the Boston Harbor, to the minstrel and Wild West shows
of the nineteenth century, to the novels of passing in
the twentieth century, we encounter an American
identity located in the performance of racial roles
and the movement between racial boundaries. For an
upcoming special issue, LIT: Literature Interpretation
Theory is soliciting papers that examine the
borderlands of racial identity in American literature
and culture, especially in narratives that involve
figures who "play at" or move between racial
identities. Submissions range from 5,000 to 10,000
words and must use MLA citation style. Guest Editor:
Joshua J. Masters, University of West Georgia. Send
three copies to Regina Barreca, Editor, LIT:
Literature Interpretation Theory, University of
Connecticut, Department of English, 215 Glenbrook Rd.,
Box 4025, Storrs, CT 06269-4025, USA. Deadline for
submissions: July 15, 2006.

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