Reading the intersection of race and gender in narratives of passing

  title={Reading the intersection of race and gender in narratives of passing},
  author={Valerie Smith},
Stories of racial passing have long captivated the attention of American viewers and readers.1 These accounts of characters who are "legally" black yet light-skinned enough to live as white have fascinated the American imagination for a variety of reasons. I suspect that they compel, at least in part, because they force readers and viewers to confront conflicts raised but inadequately explored in the classic texts within the genre. In this essay I consider some of these paradoxes as sites that… 
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