Buying Whiteness

Buying Whiteness

Race, Culture, and Identity From Columbus to Hip Hop

Book - 2005
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McMillan Palgrave
A controversial new perspective on what it means to be "white"--from Othello to the African slave trade to Eminem.

When and why did 'white people' start calling themselves 'white'? When and why did 'white slavery' become a paradox, and then a euphemism for prostitution? To answer such questions, Taylor begins with the auction of a 'white' slave in the first African American novel, William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853), and contrasts Brown's basic assumptions about race, slavery, and sexuality with treatment of those issues in scenes of slave marketing in English Renaissance drama. From accounts of Columbus and other early European voyagers to popular English plays two centuries later, Taylor traces a paradigm shift in attitudes toward white men, and analyzes the emergence of new models of sexuality and pornography in an 'imperial backwash' that affected whites as much as blacks. Moving between the English Renaissance and the 'American Renaissance' of the 1850s, this original and provocative book recovers the lost interracial history of the birth of whiteness.

Holtzbrinck
A controversial new perspective on what it means to be "white"--from Othello to the African slave trade to Eminem.


Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781403960719
1403960712
Characteristics: xii, 497 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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