The Souls of Mixed Folk

Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium

By Michele Elam
(Stanford University Press, Hardcover, 9780804756297, 308pp.)

Publication Date: February 2, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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The Souls of Mixed Folk examines representations of mixed race in literature and the arts that redefine post-race aesthetics and politics.

About the Author

Michele Elam is Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor in the Department of English at Stanford University. She is the author of Race, Work, and Desire in American Literature, 1860–1930 (2003).

Praise For The Souls of Mixed Folk

"This is a brilliant, timely and thorough study of a major topic in American culture. Elam elegantly maneuvers through the thickets of representation. Her scholarship is impeccable and her insights profound. The Souls of Mixed Folk will be read widely and cited as a definitive study of this complicated issue."—Jennifer D. Brody, Duke University

"Re-imagining the truths we hold to be self evident and writing with with discernment, cogency, and wit, Michele Elam poses the question of the color line for the twenty-first century—'What line?'—across a dazzling array of media and genres."—Joseph Roach, Yale University

"The Souls of Mixed Folks brings into sharp and dynamic focus the crucial and complex reworkings of racial identity in the post civil rights era. Elam's deep historical insight coupled with her spot-on analysis of the conversation on mixed race in contemporary culture and politics will have a powerful impact on how we remember this pivotal moment. This book is a must have."—Tricia Rose, Brown University

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