Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion

Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion

by Maria C. Sanchez, Linda Schlossberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814781225

ISBN-13: 9780814781227

Pub. Date: 08/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

Passing for what you are not—whether it is mulattos passing as white, Jews passing as Christian, or drag queens passing as women—can be a method of protection or self-defense. But it can also be a uniquely pleasurable experience, one that trades on the erotics of secrecy and revelation. It is precisely passing's radical playfulness, the way it asks us to

Overview

Passing for what you are not—whether it is mulattos passing as white, Jews passing as Christian, or drag queens passing as women—can be a method of protection or self-defense. But it can also be a uniquely pleasurable experience, one that trades on the erotics of secrecy and revelation. It is precisely passing's radical playfulness, the way it asks us to reconsider our assumptions and forces our most cherished fantasies of identity to self-destruct, that is centrally addressed in Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion.

Identity in Western culture is largely structured around visibility, whether in the service of science (Victorian physiognomy), psychoanalysis (Lacan's mirror stage), or philosophy (the Panopticon). As such, it is charged with anxieties regarding classification and social demarcation. Passing wreaks havoc with accepted systems of social recognition and cultural intelligibility, blurring the carefully-marked lines of race, gender, and class.

Bringing together theories of passing across a host of disciplines—from critical race theory and lesbian and gay studies, to literary theory and religious studies—Passing complicates our current understanding of the visual and categories of identity.

Contributors: Michael Bronski, Karen McCarthy Brown, Bradley Epps, Judith Halberstam, Peter Hitchcock, Daniel Itzkovitz, Patrick O'Malley, Miriam Peskowitz, María C. Sánchez Linda Schlossberg, and Sharon Ullman.

Author Biography: María C. Sánchez is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. Linda Schlossberg is Lecturer and Assistant Director of Studies for the Women's Studies Program at Harvard University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814781227
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Series:
Sexual Cultures Series
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rites of Passing1
1Telling Tales: Brandon Teena, Billy Tipton, and Transgender Biography13
2Passing Like Me: Jewish Chameleonism and the Politics of Race38
3Whiteness Invisible: Early Mexican American Writing and the Color of Literary History64
4Passing Lines: Immigration and the Performance of American Identity92
5From Victorian Parlor to Physique Pictorial: The Male Nude and Homosexual Identity135
6Slumming160
7The "Self-Made Man": Male Impersonation and the New Woman187
8Mimesis in the Face of Fear: Femme Queens, Butch Queens, and Gender Play in the Houses of Greater Newark208
9"The Church's Closet": Confessionals, Victorian Catholicism, and the Crisis of Identification228
10Moses' Wilderness Tabernacle260
Contributors273

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