Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religionby Maria C. Sanchez, Linda Schlossberg
Pub. Date: 08/01/2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Passing for what you are notwhether it is mulattos passing as white, Jews passing as Christian, or drag queens passing as womencan 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 disciplinesfrom critical race theory and lesbian and gay studies, to literary theory and religious studiesPassing 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.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Rites of Passing||1|
|1||Telling Tales: Brandon Teena, Billy Tipton, and Transgender Biography||13|
|2||Passing Like Me: Jewish Chameleonism and the Politics of Race||38|
|3||Whiteness Invisible: Early Mexican American Writing and the Color of Literary History||64|
|4||Passing Lines: Immigration and the Performance of American Identity||92|
|5||From Victorian Parlor to Physique Pictorial: The Male Nude and Homosexual Identity||135|
|7||The "Self-Made Man": Male Impersonation and the New Woman||187|
|8||Mimesis in the Face of Fear: Femme Queens, Butch Queens, and Gender Play in the Houses of Greater Newark||208|
|9||"The Church's Closet": Confessionals, Victorian Catholicism, and the Crisis of Identification||228|
|10||Moses' Wilderness Tabernacle||260|
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