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Description - Sexual Naturalization by Susan Koshy

Sexual Naturalization offers compelling new insights into the racialized constitution of American nationality. In the first major interdisciplinary study of Asian-white miscegenation from the late nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century, Koshy traces the shifting gender and racial hierarchies produced by antimiscegenation laws and their role in shaping cultural norms. Not only did these laws foster the reproduction of the United States as a white nation, they were paralleled by extraterritorial privileges that facilitated the sexual access of white American men to Asian women overseas. Miscegenation laws thus turned sex acts into race acts and engendered new meanings for both. Koshy argues that the cultural work performed by narratives of white-Asian miscegenation dramatically transformed the landscape of desire in the United States, investing new objects and relations of desire that established a powerful hold over U.S. culture, a capture of imaginative space that was out of all proportion to the actual numbers of Asian residents.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804747295
ISBN-10: 0804747296
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan Koshy

Susan Koshy is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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