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Passing into the Present: Contemporary American Fiction of Racial and Gender Passing

Sinead Moynihan

Abstract

This book is a full-length study of contemporary American fiction of ‘passing’. It takes as its point of departure the return of racial and gender passing in the 1990s in order to make claims about wider trends in contemporary American fiction. The book accounts for the return of tropes of passing in fiction by Phillip Roth, Percival Everett, Louise Erdrich, Danzy Senna, Jeffrey Eugenides and Paul Beatty. These writers are attracted to the trope because passing narratives have always foregrounded the notion of textuality in relation to the legibility of black subjects passing as white. The cen ... More

Keywords: American fiction, passing, textuality, black subjects, authorship, identity, postmodernism, Phillip Roth, Percival Everett, Louise Erdrich

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719082290
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082290.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sinead Moynihan, author