EXTENDED: Racial Passing and Colorism in Literature Panel
CFP: Racial Passing and Colorism in Literature Panel
Society for the Study of Southern Literature
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, September 19 for consideration.