The language trap: U.S. passing fiction and its paradox. Masami Sugimori

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The language trap: U.S. passing fiction and its paradox.  by  Masami Sugimori

The language trap: U.S. passing fiction and its paradox. by Masami Sugimori
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Through exploration of William Faulkners, James Weldon Johnsons and Nella Larsens passing novels, this dissertation points out that narrative representation of racial passing facilitates and compromises the authors challenge to theMoreThrough exploration of William Faulkners, James Weldon Johnsons and Nella Larsens passing novels, this dissertation points out that narrative representation of racial passing facilitates and compromises the authors challenge to the white-dominant ideology of early-twentieth-century America.

I reveal that, due to their inevitable dependence on language, these authors draw paradoxically on the white-dominant ideology that they aim to question, especially its system of binary racial categorization. While the white body of a passing character serves the novelists as a subversive force in white-supremacist society (which depends on the racial other to define whiteness), language, which is essentially ideological, traps the writers in racial binary and continually suggests that, while the character looks white, s/he is really black.

Accordingly, the authors have to write under the constraints of the problem that American discourse of race must and, for the most part, does systematically suppress its own essential fictiveness.



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