WGS272 Lecture #6

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Women and Gender Studies
Dina Georgis

021612 WGS272 Lecture 6 The PassingHerlem RenaissanceLarsen wrote Passing during the Harlem renaissance of the 1920s and 30sIt was a cultural movement of cultural expression theatre literature music jazzIt rejected the stereotypes of blackface and minstrel show traditionsRenaissance was a part of an emerging culture of resistance race riots and challenging Jim Crowe equal but separatePassing is a comment on the Plessy vs Ferguson decision that maintained racial segregation based on biological trace of race A lot of black art was for white peopleRacial Instability Race is imagined through biological difference fromThough race must be distinguished from culture they often collapseThough you cannot alter your race you can identify with and adopt a culture which doesnot officially belong to your raceSo if neither cultural or biological difference is identifiable what happens to raceSignificant theme in the passing both of the characters has an identification with the white culture but only works if you know and learn how to be white Clare is conscious of her race whiteness Clare has her basic foundation and her old memories she experienced her cultural dimension of her race through her interactions with the community Larsen is challenging segregation in the passingRacial Masquerade If race is not essential or biological but also fluid does this mean that race is a performanceIf whiteness or skin is a commodity and identity expressible within social roles that can be learned what do we make of raceB
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