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Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt
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Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt

Susan Prothro Wright and Ernestine Pickens Glass

Abstract

This is a book that reevaluates Charles W. Chesnutt’s deft manipulation of the “passing” theme to expand understanding of the author’s fiction and nonfiction. Nine chapters apply a variety of theories—including intertextual, signifying/discourse analysis, narratological, formal, psychoanalytical, new historical, reader response, and performative frameworks—to add richness to readings of Chesnutt’s works. Together the chapters provide convincing evidence that “passing” is an intricate, essential part of Chesnutt’s writing, and that it appears in all the genres he wielded: journal entries, speec ... More

Keywords: passing, discourse analysis, reader response, performative frameworks, Charles W. Chesnutt, social activism, journal entries, Jim Crow, white audience, Uncle Julius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604734164
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734164.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Prothro Wright, editor

Ernestine Pickens Glass, editor

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