Racial Etiquette: Nella Larsen's Passing and the Rhinelander Case

@article{Thaggert2005RacialEN,
  title={Racial Etiquette: Nella Larsen's Passing and the Rhinelander Case},
  author={Miriam Thaggert},
  journal={Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism},
  year={2005},
  volume={5},
  pages={1 - 29}
}
  • Miriam Thaggert
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Art
  • Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism
In Passing Nella Larsen seems to suggest that identity is a hazy fiction one tells that outward appearances and surface events only partly confirm. Rather than directly stating their thoughts, characters communicate through an exchange of looks particularly her two light-skinned female characters, Irene and Clare. These subtle forms of expression heighten the sense of uncertainty throughout the novel. The reader never learns explicitly the reason for Clare's fall out of a window, the reality of… 
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