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The “White Other” in American Intermarriage Stories, 1945–2008

  • Authors
  • Lauren S. Cardon

Part of the Signs of Race book series (SOR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Lauren S. Cardon
    Pages 1-13
  3. Lauren S. Cardon
    Pages 15-42
  4. Lauren S. Cardon
    Pages 43-73
  5. Lauren S. Cardon
    Pages 75-107
  6. Lauren S. Cardon
    Pages 109-139
  7. Lauren S. Cardon
    Pages 141-170
  8. Lauren S. Cardon
    Pages 171-203
  9. Lauren S. Cardon
    Pages 205-221
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 223-253

About this book

Introduction

Fictional depictions of intermarriage can illuminate perceptions of both 'ethnicity' and 'whiteness' at any given historical moment. Popular examples such as Lucy and Ricky in I Love Lucy (1951-1957), Joanna and John in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Toula and Ian in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) helped raise questions about national identity: does 'American' mean 'white' or a blending of ethnicities? Building on previous studies by scholars of intermarriage and identity, this study is an ambitious endeavor to discern the ways in which literature and films from the 1960s through 2000s rework nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century intermarriage tropes. Unlike earlier stories, these narratives position the white partner as the 'other' and serve as useful frameworks for assessing ethnic and American identity. Lauren S. Cardon sheds new light on ethno-racial solidarity and the assimilation of different ethnicities into American dominant culture.

Keywords

America English literature film literature

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