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Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Ashanti Young

Abstract

Bringing together fifteen essays by leading scholars, including a theoretical introduction by the editors and an insightful foreword and afterword by Gayle Wald and Michele Elam, respectively, this volume analyzes Godfrey and Young’s neologism neo-passing. Godfrey and Young define neo-passing as narratives and performative acts of passing that recall the complex racial politics that define classic tales of passing, such as Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929) and James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-colored Man (1912). The difference, however, between the former concept of passing and wh ... More

Keywords: passing, neo-passing, performance, identity, intersectionality, postracial, colorblind, post–Jim Crow, new millennium, Critical Race Theory, African American studies, whiteness studies, gender studies, queer studies, disability studies, media studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041587
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mollie Godfrey, author
James Madison University

Vershawn Ashanti Young, editor
University of Waterloo