That Middle World (eBook)
Race, Performance, And The Politics Of Passing
de Julia S. Charles
Sobre o livro
In this study of racial passing literature, Julia S. Charles highlights how mixed-race subjects invent cultural spaces for themselvesa place she terms that middle worldand 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 middle world and its attendant performativity still resonates in the present day, Charles connects contemporary figures, television, and filmincluding Rachel Doleal and her black-passing controversy, the FX show Atlanta, and the musical Show Boatto a range of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary texts. Charles's work offers a nuanced approach to African American passing literature and examines how mixed-race performers articulated their sense of selfhood and communal belonging.