Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

English

Date of Award

12-2005

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Thomas A. Holmes

Committee Members

Karen L. Cajka, Mark Holland

Abstract

Passing, both standard and reverse, is the process of changing ethnicity. The methodology of reverse passing varies, but claiming "no color" is ineffective in fact and fiction as can be seen in James McBride's The Color of Water, Shirlee Taylor Haizlip's The Sweeter the Juice, Danzy Senna's Caucasia, and Rosellen Brown's Half a Heart. The characters in these texts attempt indefinite ethnicity by denying color and are prone to restlessness and failure until they accept racial duality.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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