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Neo-PassingPerforming Identity after Jim Crow$
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Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Ashanti Young

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041587

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.001.0001

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Passing for Postracial

Passing for Postracial

Colorblind Reading Practices of Zombies, Sheriffs, and Slaveholders

(p.68) Chapter 2 Passing for Postracial

Christopher M. Brown

University of Illinois Press

This chapter argues that contemporary neo-passing narratives offer some of the sharpest rebuttals—both formally and tropologically—to contemporary colorblind reading practices, particularly those that are proliferating in the law. The recent proliferation of neo-passing narratives and, in particular, their insistence that we must interrogate the ways in which race might still matter in our ostensibly postracial moment, resist the racial formalism ascendant in legal jurisprudence and hermeneutic logics, more generally. Edward Jones’s novel The Known World critiques this colorblindness, insisting instead that we attend to the ways in which the refusal to see race, in fact, delimits our ways of knowing the world.

Keywords:   passing, postracial, colorblind, law, zombies, incommensurability, Kenneth W. Warren, Edward P. Jones

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