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"A tantalizing mix of moral fable and sensuous colorful narrative, exploring female sexuality and racial solidarity."-Women's Studies International Forum

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Overview

"Quicksand and Passing are novels I will never forget. They open up a whole world of experience and struggle that seemed to me, when I first read them years ago, absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable."-Alice Walker

"A tantalizing mix of moral fable and sensuous colorful narrative, exploring female sexuality and racial solidarity."-Women's Studies International Forum

Nella Larsen's novels Quicksand (1928) and Passing (1929) document the historical realities of Harlem in the 1920s and shed a bright light on the social world of the black bourgeoisie. The novels' greatest appeal and achievement, however, is not sociological, but psychological. As noted in the editor's comprehensive introduction, Larsen takes the theme of psychic dualism, so popular in Harlem Renaissance fiction, to a higher and more complex level, displaying a sophisticated understanding and penetrating analysis of black female psychology.

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What People Are Saying

Alice Walker
Quicksand and Passing are novels I will never forget. They open up a whole world of experience and struggle that seemed to me, when I first read them years ago, absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable.
Joyce Carol Oates
This series is an ambitious, exciting, and highly valuable contribution to the reclamation of American women's lost literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813511696
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1986
  • Series: American Women Writers Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Nella Larsen (1891-1964) was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. Quicksand and Passing were her only two published novels.

Deborah E. McDowell is professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements
Introduction
Notes on Introduction
Selected Bibliography
A Note on the Texts

Quicksand
Passing

Explanatory Notes

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