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Projections of Passing: Postwar Anxieties and Hollywood Films, 1947-1960

N. Megan Kelley


A key concern in postwar America was “who's passing for whom?” Analyzing representations of passing in Hollywood films reveals changing cultural ideas about authenticity and identity in a country reeling from a hot war and moving towards a cold one. After World War II, passing became an important theme in Hollywood movies, one that lasted throughout the long 1950s, as it became a metaphor to express postwar anxiety. In the imaginative fears of postwar America, identity was under siege on all fronts. Not only were there blacks passing as whites, but women were passing as men, gays passing as st ... More

Keywords: postwar America, passing, Hollywood films, identity, anxiety, authenticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496806277
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496806277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

N. Megan Kelley, author