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Remixing Racial Codes: Interraciality in Literature and Film Post-1945

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Course Description

Through a reading of select critical theory, literary texts, and films, students will look critically at the ways in which interracial relationships have been prescribed and figured in U.S. culture post-1945. Decentering the dominant narrative of black-white miscegenation, we will give equal attention to the role that Asian bodies play in complicating this binary. We will also investigate the potentiality of texts to challenge social norms or reclaim injurious identities. Authors include Lillian Smith, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Celeste Ng. Films include Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) and Beyond the Lights (2014).

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