"What are You?": Exploring Racial Categorization in Nowhere Else on Earth

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dr. . Erica Abrams Locklear, Associate Professor (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/

Abstract: Fiction writer Josephine Humphreys explores the complexities, falsifications, and implications of racial classification for the Lumbee Indiansof Robeson County, North Carolina in her historically based novel Nowhere Else on Earth...In this essay I interrogate the troubled nature of Lumbee racial classification in both fictional representations and historical events by relying in large part on theorist Samira Kawash’s assertion from her essay, “The Epistemology of Race,” that “Race, we might say, is not a nothing-at-all, but a something that says nothing.” (From the opening paragraphs)

Additional Information

Locklear, Erica Abrams. “’What are You?’: Exploring Racial Categorization in Nowhere Else on Earth.” The Southern Literary Journal 39, no. 1 (Fall 2006): 33-53.
Language: English
Date: 2006
Robeson County, North Carolina, Lumbee Indians, Josephine Humphreys, racial categorization, literary criticism

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