Passing and the Fictions of Identity

  • Author : Elaine K. Ginsberg,Donald E. Pease
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release : 1996-04-29
  • ISBN : 9780822317647
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Passing refers to the process whereby a person of one race, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation adopts the guise of another. Historically, this has often involved black slaves passing as white in order to gain their freedom. More generally, it has served as a way for women and people of color to access male or white privilege. In their examination of this practice of crossing boundaries, the contributors to this volume offer a unique perspective for studying the construction and meaning of personal and cultural identities. These essays consider a wide range of texts and moments from colonial times to the present that raise significant questions about the political motivations inherent in the origins and maintenance of identity categories and boundaries. Through discussions of such literary works as Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, The Autobiography of an Ex–Coloured Man, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Hidden Hand, Black Like Me, and Giovanni’s Room, the authors examine issues of power and privilege and ways in which passing might challenge the often rigid structures of identity politics. Their interrogation of the semiotics of behavior, dress, language, and the body itself contributes significantly to an understanding of national, racial, gender, and sexual identity in American literature and culture. Contextualizing and building on the theoretical work of such scholars as Judith Butler, Diana Fuss, Marjorie Garber, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., Passing and the Fictions of Identity will be of value to students and scholars working in the areas of race, gender, and identity theory, as well as U.S. history and literature. Contributors. Martha Cutter, Katharine Nicholson Ings, Samira Kawash, Adrian Piper, Valerie Rohy, Marion Rust, Julia Stern, Gayle Wald, Ellen M. Weinauer, Elizabeth Young

Passing By

  • Author : Carol Brooks Gardner
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 1995-08-16
  • ISBN : 9780520916838
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Catcalls, wolf whistles, verbal slurs, pinches, stalking—virtually every woman has experienced some form of unwanted public attention by men. Off the street, in semi-public places such as restaurants and department stores, women often suffer the insult of being passed over by employees eager to serve men. How pervasive is this behavior? How dangerous can it be? What, if anything, should be done about it? Passing By, an illuminating, unsettling work, explores the important yet little-examined issue of gender-related public harassment. Based on extensive research—including in-depth interviews with nearly five-hundred midwestern women and men—it documents the many types of indignity visited on women in public places. As Carol Brooks Gardner demonstrates, these indignities cross all lines of age, class, and ethnicity and follow a typical pattern whereby a man or men take advantage of a woman's momentary or permanent vulnerability. Beyond describing the scope and variety of harassing behaviors, the book investigates the different ways women and men respond to and interpret them. Gardner concludes, provocatively, that gender-based public harassment exerts a powerful control over women's feelings of comfort in the towns and communities where they live and work. Further, she defines it as a new category of social problem that shares much in common with sexual harassment and, in its more menacing form, requires legal remedy.


  • Author : Anna Camaiti Hostert,Biblioteca Comunale Dellarchiginnasio
  • Publisher : Associated University Presse
  • Release : 2007
  • ISBN : 9780838641255
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Attempts to overcome racial, ethnic, religious, and gender points of view from which we observed the world and our own selves."

Passing Novels in the Harlem Renaissance

  • Author : Mar Gallego,María del Mar Gallego Durán
  • Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
  • Release : 2003
  • ISBN : 9783825858421
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

This book offers an insightful study of the significance of passing novels for the literary and intellectual debate of the Harlem Renaissance. Author Mar Gallego effectively uncovers the presence of a subversive component in five of these novels (by James Weldon Johnson, George Schuyler, Nella Larsen, and Jessie Fauset), turning them into useful tools to explore the passing phenomenon in all its richness and complexity. Her compelling study intends to contribute to the ongoing revision of the parameters conventionally employed to analyze passing novels by drawing attention to a great variety of textual strategies such as double consciousness, parody, and multiple generic covers. Examining the hybrid nature of these texts, Gallego skillfully highlights their radical critique of the status quo and their celebration of a distinct African American identity. Well researched and stimulating to read, Passing Novels in the Harlem Renaissance is an impressive work of scholarship and interpretat

Passing and Pedagogy

  • Author : Pamela L. Caughie
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release : 1999
  • ISBN : 9780252067709
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

The current academic milieu displays a deep ambivalence about the teaching of Western culture and traditional subject matter. This ambivalence, the product of a unique historical convergence of theory and diversity, opens up new opportunities for what Pamela Caughie calls "passing": recognizing and accounting for the subject positions involved in representing both the material being taught and oneself as a teacher. Caughie's discussion of passing illuminates a recent phenomenon in academic writing and popular culture that revolves around identities and the ways in which they are deployed, both in the arts and in lived experience. Through a wide variety of texts--novels, memoirs, film, drama, theory, museum exhibits, legal cases--she demonstrates the dynamics of passing, presenting it not as the assumption of a fraudulent identity but as the recognition that the assumption of any identity, including for the purposes of teaching, is a form of passing. Astutely addressing the relevance of passing for pedagogy, Caughie presents the possibility of a dynamic ethics responsive to the often polarizing difficulties inherent in today's culture. Challenging and thought-provoking, Passing and Pedagogy offers insight and inspiration for teachers and scholars as they seek to be responsible and effective in a complex, rapidly changing intellectual and cultural environment.

Race Passing and American Individualism

  • Author : Kathleen Pfeiffer
  • Publisher : Univ of Massachusetts Press
  • Release : 2009-09-30
  • ISBN : 9781558497849
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

A literary study of the ambiguities of racial identity in American culture.

Quicksand ; And, Passing

  • Author : Nella Larsen
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release : 1986
  • ISBN : 9780813511702
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Two novels of 1920s Harlem describe Helga Crane's search for freedom and personal expression, and Irene's friendship with Clare, who attempts to pass for white

Passing Game

  • Author : Steve Tesich
  • Publisher : Samuel French, Inc.
  • Release : 1978
  • ISBN : 9780573614439
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Passing Sight Distance Criteria

  • Author : Douglas W. Harwood,Carlos Sun
  • Publisher : Transportation Research Board
  • Release : 2008-01-01
  • ISBN : 0309099277
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

At head of title: National Cooperative Highway Research Program.

The Law of Passing-off

  • Author : Christopher Wadlow
  • Publisher : Sweet & Maxwell
  • Release : 2011
  • ISBN : 0414042328
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

The Handbook of ICC Arbitration is a user-friendly introduction to the rules of the ICC for established practitioners and those approaching international arbitration for the first time. In addition to presenting the ideal sourcebook more in-depth research and information. This supplement is essential reading as it will reflect and annotate the revised ICC Rules as adopted. It will reveal case law developments, and update the most relevant case law from the state courts and ICC arbitral tribunals.