Soma Text

Living, Writing, and Staging Racial Hybridity

Auteur/ Illustrateur / Sous la direction de : Michelle La Flamme

Examination of a variety of texts reveals patterns of mixed-race representation by Canadian writers.

Canada’s history is multicultural, Indigenous, and multilingual, giving rise to a number of strategies used by writers to code racially mixed characters. Author Michelle La Flamme analyzes characters with different racial mixes in autobiographies, fiction, and drama and suggests that the hyper-visualization of mixed-race bodies in mono-racial contexts creates a scopophilic interest in how those bodies look and perform race. La Flamme’s term “soma text” draws attention to the constructed, performative aspects of this form of embodiment. The writers she examines witness that living in a racially hybrid and ambiguous body is a complex engagement that involves reading and decoding the body in sophisticated ways, involving both the multiracial body and the racialized gaze of the onlooker.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
DateISBNCode BISACThémaDroits disponibles
20179781771122405LIT004080, SOC008000, ART060000Tous droits disponibles
LangueFormatDimensionsPrixNombre de pages
AnglaisRelié6 x 985.00 $ CA295