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Nella Larsen's "Passing": A Discussion

Sunday September 8, 2019 02:00 pm EDT
Cost: Free

Dr. Ian Afflerbach's discussion on Nella Larsen's novella, "Passing," is the third in an ongoing series on race in American culture.

This short novella explores an important but often-forgotten racial practice during the Jim Crow era: African-Americans "passing" as white in order to gain access to restricted spaces, groups, and social privileges. But, as we'll discuss, the novel does so much more: focused on the relationship between two women, Clare and Irene, Larsen's story examines the competing pressures of friendship, racial loyalty, and betrayal.

Both eBook and paperback copies of "Passing" are available at the library.

About Dr. Ian Afflerbach

Dr. Ian Afflerbach is an Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of North Georgia, where he teaches and researches in 20th century American literature, political history, African-American studies, and the history of ideas.

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