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Transcending Blackness: From the New Millennium Mulatta to the Exceptional Multiracial Paperback – November 16, 2012

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"Transcending Blackness is unique in the field of multiracial studies and a truly groundbreaking and brilliant book. It is also a pleasure to read. Ralina L. Joseph is a rigorous interdisciplinarian, well versed in a number of fields, and she meticulously analyzes and cites these literatures throughout this important work."—Imani Perry, author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States

"Transcending Blackness will make a great contribution to the literature on race, gender, and popular culture. Through close readings of diverse works in genres such as television, literature, film, and news media, Ralina L. Joseph explores how the ways that multiracial African Americans imagine themselves and are imagined by others have evolved, highlighting the significance of postracial and postfeminist discourses in this transformation."—E. Patrick Johnson, author of Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity

“An important and timely reminder that we must question the construction of the ‘exceptional multiracial’ and uncover the ongoing racist mythologies that undergird such representations.”
(Sin�ad Moynihan Journal of American Studies)

“Joseph’s primary contribution lies in focusing on how the celebration of mixed race usually perpetuates negative attitudes toward blackness, and how central gender is to performance of raced identity.”
(G. Jay Choice)

“Joseph provides a thorough history of the representation of ‘mulattas’ and mixed-race individuals and analyzes the vexed terminology used to describe them. . . . . Joseph’s book aptly captures the complexity of mixed-race positionality in contemporary America because she never underestimates the impact of racism, both as it is directed toward multiracial people and as it is perpetrated by them, nor does she collapse the specific experiences of mixed race individuals into one category in response to that persistent racism.”
(Stefanie Kyle Dunning Signs)

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Ralina L. Joseph is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington.

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