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Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 119–125 | Cite as

Blurring boundaries: race and transatlantic identities in culture and society

  • Elizabeth T. KenneyEmail author
  • Sirpa Salenius
  • Whitney Womack Smith
Introduction

Abstract

The co-editors introduce the contributions to the special issue ‘Blurring Boundaries: race and transatlantic identities in literature and culture’. The transatlantic world has been and continues to be transformed through migrations and immigrations, burgeoning tourism, and shifting trade patterns, which call forth the creation of new boundaries and the ‘blurring’ of previous ones. The essays in this issue examine the shifting boundaries of race and racial identities in the Atlantic world, focusing on the arts and other cultural sites where individuals construct and express their identities.

Keywords

race whiteness blackness identity transatlanticism 

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Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Graduate StudiesSalem State UniversitySalemUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Global Communication Strategies, College of Arts and SciencesThe University of TokyoMeguro-kuJapan
  3. 3.Department of EnglishMiami University of OhioHamiltonUSA

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