Passing And The Rise Of The African American Novel
Publish Date: 2004-10-27
Author: M. Giulia Fabi
Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel is a groundbreaking reconsideration of a long-misjudged body of American literature. Focusing on the trope of passing - black characters light skinned enough to pass for white - M. Giulia Fabi shows how early African American authors such as William Wells Brown, Frank J. Webb, Frances E. W. Harper, and Charles W. Chesnutt transformed traditional representations of blackness and used passing to celebrate a distinctive African American history, culture, and worldview. They created a body of work that laid the foundation for the Harlem Renaissance and changed the course of American letters.