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That Middle World: Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing

Julia S. Charles


In this study of racial passing literature, Julia S. Charles highlights how mixed-race subjects invent cultural spaces for themselves—a place she terms that middle world—and how they, through various performance strategies, make meaning in the interstices between the Black and white worlds. Focusing on the construction and performance of racial identity in works by writers from the antebellum period through Reconstruction, Charles creates a new discourse around racial passing to analyze mixed-race characters’ social objectives when crossing into other racialized spaces. To illustrate how this ... More

Keywords: Passing, Racial identity, African American, Literature, Mixed-race, Performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469659572
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia S. Charles, author
Auburn University