Domestic Issue–Bibliography

Primary sources

A bibliography of various fiction and non-fiction texts and collections in which the theme of miscegenation (broadly defined) figures prominently, with links to online sources, if available:

Adams, E. C. L. Nigger to Nigger.

Allen, William G. The American prejudice against color. An authentic narrative, showing how easily the nation got into an uproar. Free downloadable copy here.

Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Amado, Jorge. Tent of Miracles.

“Bolokitten, Oliver.” A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation in the Year of Our Lord 19–. Online edition here.

Cabrera Infante, Guillermo. Three Trapped Tigers. (scroll down to see this title)

Castillo, Ana. Sapogonia

Chesnutt, Charles W. The House Behind the Cedars

Child, Lydia Maria Child. Hobomok

Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Prairie

Crafts, Hannah. The Bondwoman’s Narrative

Cunha, Euclides da. Rebellion in the Backlands

Díaz del Castillo, Bernal. The Conquest of New Spain.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. Milk in My Coffee

Dixon, Thomas. The Sins of the Father: A Romance of the South.

Erickson, Steve. Arc d’X

Esquivel, Laura. Malinche: A Novel

Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom!

—. Go Down, Moses.

—. Light in August.

—. “Mississippi.” A Modern Southern Reader. Ben Forkner and Patrick Samway, S.J., eds. 481-499.

Ferber, Edna. Show Boat

Fuentes, Carlos. Christopher Unborn.

—. The Death of Artemio Cruz.

García Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., ed. Three Classic African-American Novels.

Hopkinson, Nalo. The Salt Roads

Johnson, James Weldon. The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man.

Jones, Gayle. Corregidora

Kingston, Maxine Hong. Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book.

Martí, José. “Our America.” Selected Writings. Intro. Roberto González Echevarria, Trans. Esther Allen.

—. “A Remarkable Mexican Painting.”On Art and Literature by José Martí: Critical Writing. Ed. and intro. Philip S. Forner.

McBride, James. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

McCarthy, Cormac. Blood Meridian

Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar. Castaways.

—. Naufragios y comentarios.

O’Hearn, Claudine Chiawei, ed. Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural.

Oates, Joyce Carol. Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart

Paz, Octavio. The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico.

Powers, Richard. The Time of Our Singing

Randall, Alice. The Wind Done Gone: A Novel

Reed, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo

Senna, Danzy. Caucasia

Smith, Lillian. Strange Fruit

Spencer, Scott. A Ship Made of Paper

Tate, Allen. The Fathers

Updike, John. Brazil

Vasconcelos, José. La raza cósmica.

de la Vega, Garcilaso. Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru.

Vizenor, Gerald. The Heirs of Columbus.

Vollmann, William T. Argall: The True Story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith

Whitehead, Colson. The Intuitionist

Wilson, Jeanne. Mulatto (1978)


Secondary sources

Note: With some few exceptions, for now this will be a list of book-length resources.


Benítez-Rojo, Antonio. The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective.

Berlant, Lauren. The Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life.

Bethell, Leslie, ed. Colonial Spanish America

Blotner, Joseph, ed. Selected Letters of William Faulkner.

Bodmer, Beatríz Pastor. The Armature of Conquest: Spanish Accounts of the Discovery of America, 1492-1589.

Brooks, Cleanth. William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country.

Brookshaw, David. Race and Color in Brazilian Literature.

Brylowski, Walter. Faulkner’s Olympian Laugh: Myth in the Novels.

Cash, W. J. The Mind of the South.

Chevigny, Bell Gale, and LaGuardia, Gari, eds. Reinventing the Americas: Comparative Studies of Literature of the United States and Spanish America.

Cunha, Euclides da. Rebellion in the Backlands.

Cypess, Sandra Messinger. La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to Myth.

Dash, J. Michael. The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context.

Dorfman, Ariel. Some Write to the Future.

Early, James. The Making of Go Down, Moses.

Fernández Moreno, César. Latin America in its Literature.

Fiedler, Leslie. Love and Death in the American Novel.

Fisher, Philip. Hard Facts: Setting and Form in the American Novel.

Fitz, Earl. Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context.

Fuentes, Carlos. Casa con dos puertas.

—. Myself with Others: Selected Essays.

—. La nueva novela hispanoamericana.

Fuson, Robert, ed. and trans. The Log of Christopher Columbus.

García Márquez Gabriel and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza. El olor de la guayaba.

Gehman, Mary. “The Mexico-Louisiana Creole Connection”

Genovese, Eugene. Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made.

—. The World the Slaveholders Made: Two Essays in Interpretation.

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness.

González Echevarría, Roberto. Myth and Archive: A Theory of latin American Literature.

Gossett, Thomas. Race: The History of an Idea in America.

Graham, Richard, ed. The Idea of Race in Latin America, 1870-1940

Greenblatt, Stephen. Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World.

—, ed. New World Encounters.

Gruzinski, Serge. The Mestizo Mind: The Intellectual Dynamics of Colonization and Globalization

Haberly, David T. Three sad races: Racial identity and national consciousness in Brazilian literature.

Hedrick, Tace. Mestizo Modernism: Race, Nation and Identity in Latin American Culture, 1900-1940

Holt, Thomas C. “Foreword.” Race and Nation in Modern Latin America. Eds. Nancy P. Appelbaum, Anne S. Macpherson, Karin Alejandra Rosenblatt.

Irwin, John T. American Hieroglyphics: The Symbol of the Egyptian Hieroglyphics in the American Renaissance.

Jenkins, Lee. Faulkner and Black-White Relations: A Psychoanalytic Approach.

Kartiganer, Donald M. The Fragile Thread: The Meaning of Form in Faulkner’s Novels.

Katzew, Ilona. “Casta Painting: Identity and Social Stratification in Colonial Mexico”

—. Casta Painting: Images of Race in Eighteenth-Century Mexico

Kinney, Arthur F., ed. Critical Essays on William Faulkner: The McCaslin Family.

Kinney, James. Amalgamation! Race, Sex, and Rhetoric in the Nineteenth-Century American Novel.

Kutzinski, Vera M. Against the American Grain: Myth and History in the Novels of William Carlos Williams, Jay Wright, and Nicolás Guillén.

—. Sugar’s Secrets: Race and the Erotics of Cuban Nationalism.

Kuyk, Dirk, Jr. Sutpen’s Design: Interpreting Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

Lee, A. Robert, ed. William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Fiction.

Levy, Eugene. James Weldon Johnson: Black Leader, Black Voice.

Lewis, R. W. B. The American Adam: Innocence, Tragedy and Tradition in the Nineteenth Century.

Mejía Sánchez, Ernesto, ed. Rubén Darío: Poesias completas.

Mignolo, Walter D. The Idea of Latin America

Möerner, Magnus. Race Mixture in the History of Latin America.

Morris, Wesley, with Barbara Alverson Morris. Reading Faulkner.

Pérez Firmat, Gustavo. Do the Americas Have a Common Literature?

Pitavy, François. Faulkner’s Light in August.

Poirier, Richard. A World Elsewhere: The Place of Style in American Literature.

Prescott, William H. The Conquest of Mexico and the Conquest of Peru.

Promis, José. The Identity of Hispanoamerica: An Interpretation of Colonial Literature.

Ramos, Samuel. Profile of Man and Culture in Mexico.

Rodríguez, Richard. Brown: The Last Discovery of America

Ruppert, Peter. Reader in a Strange land: The Activity of Reading Literary Utopias.

Sale, Kirkpatrick. The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy. (link is for the 2nd edition of this book)

Singh, Amritjit, and Peter Schmidt, eds. Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and Literature.

Snead, James A. Figures of Division: William Faulkner’s Major Novels.

Sommers, Doris. Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America.

Spillars, Hortense, ed. Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text. Essays from the English Institute.

Stepan, Alfred, ed. Americas: New Interpretive Essays.

Stern, Alexandra Minna. “From Mestizophilia to Biotypology: Racialization and Science in Mexico, 1920-1960.” pp. 187-210 in Race and Nation in Modern Latin America. Eds. Nancy P. Appelbaum, Anne S. Macpherson, Karin Alejandra Rosenblatt.

Sundquist, Eric. Faulkner: The House Divided.

—. To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature.

Taylor, Walter. Faulkner’s Search for a South.

de Tocqueville, Alexis. Democracy in America.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. New Essays on Go Down, Moses

Warren, Robert Penn, ed. Faulkner: A Collection of Critical Essays.

Weinstein, Philip. What Else But Love?: The Ordeal of Race in Faulkner and Morrison.

Williams, Raymond Leslie, ed. The Novel in the Americas.

Williamson, Joel. New People: Miscegenation and Mulattoes in the United States.

Zamora, Lois Parkinson. Writing the Apocalypse: Historical Vision in Contemporary U.S. and Latin American Fiction.

Zamora, Margarita. Language, authority, and indigenous history in the Comentarios reales de los incas.

—. Reading Columbus


Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. New Edition.

Arteaga, Alfred, ed. An Other Tongue: Nation and Ethnicity in the Linguistic Borderlands.

Bakhtin, M. M. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays.

Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture.

Certeau, Michel de. The Writing of History.

Davis, F. James. Who Is Black? One Nation’s Definition.

Foucault, Michel. The Order of Things: An Archeology of Knowledge.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism.

—, ed. Black Literature and Literary Theory.

Glissant, Edouard. Caribbean Discourse.

Gracia, Jorge J. E. and Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert, eds. Latin American Philosophy for the 21st Century: The Human Condition, Values, and the Search for Identity.

Lund, Joshua. The Impure Imagination: Toward a Critical Hybridity in Latin American Writing

Michaels, Walter Benn. Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism.

O’Gorman, Edmundo. The Invention of America: An inquiry into the historical nature of the New World and the meaning of its history.

Renan, Ernest. “What Is a Nation?”

Saldivar, José David. The Dialectics of Our America: Genealogy, Cultural Critique, and Literary History.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present.

Todorov, Tzvetan. The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other.

Vasconcelos, José. “The Latin-American Basis of Mexican Civilization.” Vasconcelos and Manuel Gamio, Aspects of Mexican Civilization (1926)

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