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Passing

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  • Seller:Zoey Sound And Script
  • Media:Hardcover
  • Edition:First
  • Publication Date:1929
  • ASIN:B0014K2EYA
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  • This is the first edition, first printing, which includes a brief paragraph that was omitted in the third printing. From a textbook publisher's guide to Passing: The most obvious tradition in which to situate Larsen's novels must be the novel-of-passing, which problematized questions of race. Deemphasizing "biology," the novel-of-passing provided convenient ways to explore race as a construct of history, culture, and white supremacist ideology. Equally important is the tradition of the novel of manners, as well as the romance. From the jacket copy of the Penguin edition: Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. Fair, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, but refuses to acknowledge the racism that continues to constrict her family's happiness. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others-and the secret fears they have buried within themselves.

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This is the first edition, first printing, which includes a brief paragraph that was omitted in the third printing. From a textbook publisher's guide to Passing: The most obvious tradition in which to situate Larsen's novels must be the novel-of-passing, which problematized questions of race. Deemphasizing "biology," the novel-of-passing provided convenient ways to explore race as a construct of history, culture, and white supremacist ideology. Equally important is the tradition of the novel of manners, as well as the romance. From the jacket copy of the Penguin edition: Clare Kendry leads a dangerous life. Fair, elegant, and ambitious, she is married to a white man unaware of her African American heritage, and has severed all ties to her past. Clare's childhood friend, Irene Redfield, just as light-skinned, has chosen to remain within the African American community, but refuses to acknowledge the racism that continues to constrict her family's happiness. A chance encounter forces both women to confront the lies they have told others-and the secret fears they have buried within themselves.

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