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African Americans once passed as whites to escape the pains of racism. Today's neo-passing has pushed the old idea of passing in extraordinary new directions. A white author uses an Asian pen name; heterosexuals live "out" as gay; and, irony of ironies, whites try to pass as black. Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Ashanti Young present essays that explore practices, performances, and texts of neo-passing in our supposedly postracial moment. The authors move from the postracial imagery of Angry Black White Boy and the issues of sexual orientation and race in ZZ Packer's short fiction to the politics of Dave Chappelle's skits as a black President George W. Bush. Together, the works reveal that the questions raised by neo-passing—questions about performing and contesting identity in relation to social norms—remain as relevant today as in the past. Contributors: Derek Adams, Christopher M. Brown, Martha J. Cutter, Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Michele Elam, Alisha Gaines, Jennifer Glaser, Allyson Hobbs, Brandon J. Manning, Loran Marsan, Lara Narcisi, Eden Osucha, Gayle Wald, and Deborah Elizabeth Whaley

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword: Passing and “Post-Race”
  2. Gayle Wald
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Ashanti Young
  3. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Introduction: The Neo-Passing Narrative
  2. Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Ashanti Young
  3. pp. 1-28
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  1. Appendix to the Introduction: Neo-Passing Narratives: Teaching and Scholarly Resources
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. PART I: NEW HISTORIES
  1. Introduction: Passing at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
  2. Allyson Hobbs
  3. pp. 43-48
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  1. 1. Why Passing Is (Still) Not Passé after More Than 250 Years: Sources from the Past and Present
  2. Martha J. Cutter
  3. pp. 49-67
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  1. 2. Passing for Postracial: Colorblind Reading Practices of Zombies, Sheriffs, and Slaveholders
  2. Christopher M. Brown
  3. pp. 68-83
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  1. 3. Adam Mansbach’s Postracial Imaginary in Angry Black White Boy
  2. Brandon J. Manning
  3. pp. 84-95
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  1. 4. Black President Bush: The Racial and Gender Politics behind Dave Chappelle’s Presidential Drag
  2. Eden Osucha
  3. pp. 96-116
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  1. 5. Seeing Race in Comics: Passing, Witness, and the Spectacle of Racial Violence in Johnson and Pleece's Incognegro
  2. Jennifer Glaser
  3. pp. 117-132
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  1. PART II: NEW IDENTITIES
  1. Introduction: Passing at the Intersections
  2. Marcia Alesan Dawkins
  3. pp. 135-141
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  1. 6. Passing Truths: Identity-Immersion Journalism and the Experience of Authenticity
  2. Loran Marsan
  3. pp. 142-157
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  1. 7. Passing for Tan: Snooki and the Grotesque Reality of Ethnicity
  2. Alisha Gaines
  3. pp. 158-174
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  1. 8. The Pass of Least Resistance: Sexual Orientation and Race in ZZ Packer’s “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere"
  2. Derek Adams
  3. pp. 175-192
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  1. 9. Neo-Passing and Dissociative Identities as Affective Strategies in Frankie and Alice
  2. Deborah Elizabeth Whaley
  3. pp. 193-218
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  1. 10. “A New Type of Human Being”: Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity as Perpetual Passing in Jeffrey Eugenide's Middlesex
  2. Lara Narcisi
  3. pp. 219-240
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  1. Afterword: Why Neo Now?
  2. Michele Elam
  3. pp. 241-246
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 247-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-276
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252050244
Print ISBN
9780252041587
MARC Record
OCLC
1028189728
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-13
Language
English
Open Access
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