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The passing figure : racial confusion in modern American literature

Author: Juda Bennett
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, ©1996.
Series: Modern American literature (New York, N.Y.), v. 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How and when does literature most effectively uncover race to be a metaphor? The passing figure, a light-skinned African-American capable and willing to pass for white, provides the thematic focus to this provocative study. In exploring the social and cultural history of this distinctly American phenomenon, Bennett moves freely between literature, film, and music, arguing that the passing figure is crucial to our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bennett, Juda, 1955-
Passing figure.
New York : Peter Lang, ©1996
(OCoLC)645838500
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juda Bennett
ISBN: 0820431141 9780820431147 0820442658 9780820442655
OCLC Number: 33983590
Description: viii, 142 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: An Introduction to Passing --
Black No More: Nomenclature, Metaphor, and Narrative --
Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom: Theme to Genre --
Show Boat and Showboating: How White People Pass --
M. Butterfly in Yoknapatawpha: Recent Trends in Passing --
Afterward: The Suture.
Series Title: Modern American literature (New York, N.Y.), v. 6.
Responsibility: Juda Bennett.

Abstract:

How and when does literature most effectively uncover race to be a metaphor? The passing figure, a light-skinned African-American capable and willing to pass for white, provides the thematic focus to this provocative study. In exploring the social and cultural history of this distinctly American phenomenon, Bennett moves freely between literature, film, and music, arguing that the passing figure is crucial to our understanding of past and present conceptions of race.

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