With Latining America, Claudia Milian proposes that the ecomies of blackness, brownness, and dark brownness summon a new grammar for Lati/a studies that she names Latinities. Milian's invative study argues that this ensnared ecomy of meaning startles the typical reading practices deployed for brown Lati/a embodiment. Latining America keeps company with and challenges existent models of Latinidad, demanding a distinct paradigm that puts into question what is understood as Lati and Latina today. Milian conceptually considers how underexplored Latin participants--the southern, the black, the dark brown, the Central American-have ushered in a new world of Latined signification from the 1920s to the present. Examining t who but what constitutes the Lati and Latina, Milian's new critical Latinities disentangle the brown logic that marks Lati/a subjects. She expands on and deepens insights in transamerican discourses, narratives of passing, popular culture, and contemporary art. This daring and original project uncovers previously igred and unremarked upon cultural connections and global crossings whereby African Americans and Latis traverse and reconfigure their racialised classifications.
Claudia Milian is an assistant professor of romance studies at Duke University, USA.