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The Past Is Not Dead: Facts, Fictions, and Enduring Racial Stereotypes (review)

The Past Is Not Dead: Facts, Fictions, and Enduring Racial Stereotypes (review) 05-Reviews 12/5/05 9:33 AM Page 694 694 Biography 28.4 (Fall 2005) Allan Pred. The Past Is Not Dead: Facts, Fictions, and Enduring Racial Stereo- types. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2004. 288 pp. ISBN 0-816-64406- 3, $22.95. In the last thirteen years, literary critics, historians, and cultural studies schol- ars have revisited the idea of the real or imagined presence of black Africans in the white mind and in the collective consciousness of western popular cul- ture. While the presence of these factual or fictionalized personages reveals something about the limitations that racism has placed on non-whites living amongst Europeans, these often stereotypical depictions of Africans tell us more about white Europeans’ racial fears, inhibitions, anxieties, and desires than they do about the experiences of Africans or other non-whites in these societies. Most of these distorted and romanticized images have their roots in slavery or colonialism, yet their progeny persist well into the twenty-first century and continue to negatively influence race relations and social policy even in the most progressive nations in Europe. Building on the work of Jan Nederveen Pieterse and Allison Blakely, and influenced by the theoretical writings of Walter Benjamin, Allan Pred’s The Past Is Not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

The Past Is Not Dead: Facts, Fictions, and Enduring Racial Stereotypes (review)

Biography , Volume 28 (4) – Jan 9, 2006

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05-Reviews 12/5/05 9:33 AM Page 694 694 Biography 28.4 (Fall 2005) Allan Pred. The Past Is Not Dead: Facts, Fictions, and Enduring Racial Stereo- types. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2004. 288 pp. ISBN 0-816-64406- 3, $22.95. In the last thirteen years, literary critics, historians, and cultural studies schol- ars have revisited the idea of the real or imagined presence of black Africans in the white mind and in the collective consciousness of western popular cul- ture. While the presence of these factual or fictionalized personages reveals something about the limitations that racism has placed on non-whites living amongst Europeans, these often stereotypical depictions of Africans tell us more about white Europeans’ racial fears, inhibitions, anxieties, and desires than they do about the experiences of Africans or other non-whites in these societies. Most of these distorted and romanticized images have their roots in slavery or colonialism, yet their progeny persist well into the twenty-first century and continue to negatively influence race relations and social policy even in the most progressive nations in Europe. Building on the work of Jan Nederveen Pieterse and Allison Blakely, and influenced by the theoretical writings of Walter Benjamin, Allan Pred’s The Past Is Not

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