EXTENDED: Racial Passing and Colorism in Literature Panel

deadline for submissions: 
September 19, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Society for the Study of Southern Literature
contact email: 

CFP: Racial Passing and Colorism in Literature Panel

Society for the Study of Southern Literature
Biennial Conference
Austin, Texas
15-18 February 2018

 

Racial passing has been a common theme in literature, especially in texts dealing with escaping to freedom during the antebellum period.  The Nadir period also witnessed a spike in racial passing and colorism themes as racial tensions heightened anti-black violence throughout the United States. This panel seeks papers that examine texts dealing with racial passing and colorism.  Questions for consideration might include:

  • How does racial passing and colorism work in texts that are attempting to promote racial equality or race pride?
  • What does it mean for African American characters to perpetuate colorism?
  • Do the stakes of racial passing change when characters pass into racial identities besides black or white?  (i.e. passing for Native) If so, how do those stakes change?
  • How do the historical moments around the text’s publication shape the racial passing and/or colorism theme?

Please send a 200 to 250-word abstract and CV to dhawkes@umd.edu by Tuesday, September 19 for consideration.