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You Want to Dance, I Want to Watch: African-American Characters

  • Lenore Bell
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Abstract

African Americans sometimes appear in 9/11 novels as secondary characters, but only to act as flattering mirrors for the white protagonists. The prevalent sexualization of black women and fear of hybridity is also addressed.

Keywords

9/11 critical race theory blood cold war whiteness innocence literature New York City the Other stereotypes African Americans Percival Everett Jay McInerney Joseph O’Neill John Updike Don DeLillo code-switching Huckleberry Finn masculinity femininity exotic authenticity bell hooks interracial relationships mixed race BDSM race-play Carl Van Vechten racial fetish suicide bomber Tragic Mulatto 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lenore Bell
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  1. 1.St AndrewsFifeUnited Kingdom

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