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The Resource Mixed-race Superman : Keanu, Obama, and multiracial experience, Will Harris

Mixed-race Superman : Keanu, Obama, and multiracial experience, Will Harris

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Mixed-race Superman : Keanu, Obama, and multiracial experience
Title
Mixed-race Superman
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Keanu, Obama, and multiracial experience
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Will Harris
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eng
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A concise, mindful discussion of race, culture, and the politics of celebrity. In his chapbook-length essay, London-based poet and critic Harris (All This Is Implied, 2017) brings two well-known personalities into vivid focus to compare and contrast their experiences as biracial "supermen" within their own separate arenas. The author explores the lives and legacies of Barack Obama and Keanu Reeves from the perspective of their mixed-race heritages and how that particular aspect drew power, honor, and visibility to their work and to their names. The author believes many mixed-race people approach society with hesitation and perpetual confusion, much like he does as a lifelong Londoner of mixed Indonesian and Dutch heritage. Harris envisions mixed-race supermen, embodied by Obama and Reeves, as those who manage to defy simplistic stereotyping and have figured out "how to make their confusion heroic, to embody contradiction." The author recalls his fascination with the former president as a proud, intelligent politician who "not only looked different, but talked beautifully—and knowingly—of his mixed-race upbringing. Here was a story that was long and painful but seemed to bend implacably toward justice." As the iconic Neo character in the Matrix films, Reeves can also be considered a mixed-race superhero, fending off multiplying CGI agents of doom and attempting to survive amid legions of detractors. Where Harris shines brightest and is most convincing is when he integrates into the discussion his personal history, heritage, and racial impressions and experiences. He cites violent crimes occurring in the 1980s and '90s whose investigations were hindered and ultimately mishandled due to racial profiling as well as his frustrations with his parents' indifference when confronted with racial bias in various scenarios. An observant writer, Harris shares illuminating intellectual analysis that incorporates philosophical introspection (he notes Reeves' "Nietzschean streak"), references to Greek mythology, and American politics in a stimulating narrative of civil rights activism, pop-culture heroism, and the multilayered, heroic struggle of people of color. A swift, inspired, and thought-provoking examination of the intersections of heroism, racial identity, and diversity. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2019)
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10801980
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Harris, Will
Dewey number
305.8
Index
no index present
LC call number
HT1523
LC item number
.H38 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Racially mixed people
  • Racially mixed people
  • Racially mixed families
  • Miscegenation
  • Reeves, Keanu
  • Obama, Barack
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Keanu, Obama, and multiracial experience
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Mixed-race Superman : Keanu, Obama, and multiracial experience, Will Harris
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"A different version of this work was published in the UK in 2018 by Peninsula Press."
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Includes bibliographical references
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rdacarrier
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rdacontent
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2019018220
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
118 pages
Isbn
9781612197890
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(pbk.)
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2019018220
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1099538903
Label
Mixed-race Superman : Keanu, Obama, and multiracial experience, Will Harris
Publication
Note
"A different version of this work was published in the UK in 2018 by Peninsula Press."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2019018220
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
118 pages
Isbn
9781612197890
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2019018220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1099538903

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