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dc.contributor.authorMir, Kameel
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-19T05:30:17Z
dc.date.available2016-11-19T05:30:17Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.identifier.othermir_kameel_201605_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/mir_kameel_201605_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/36270
dc.description.abstractThis thesis will examine the role of violence in literary representations of passing. Considering the ways in which Derrida calls language itself a violence, a "cutting" of the world, the scripting of passing as a transgression is predicated on "figures of division" (James Snead, Figures of Division, 1986) being arbitrarily "cut" and propped up as discrete poles of identity that must remain impossibly pure despite extreme proximity to one another. This thesis will examine six works of American literature – ranging from Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929) to Hilton Als’s White Girls (2013) – concerned with passing, written at different times in history and embodying different notions of what it means to “pass,” for the ways in which they use violence as plot occurrences or prevailing motifs to illustrate the trauma associated with realizing the volatility and liminality of identity in a society that actively perpetuates and polices “division.”
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectPassing
dc.subjectAfrican American literature
dc.subjectViolence
dc.subjectIdentity
dc.subjectDivision
dc.subjectRacial categories
dc.subjectShimmer
dc.titleTo hurt is to shimmer
dc.title.alternativeviolence in literary representations of passing
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.majorEnglish
dc.description.advisorEdward Pavlic
dc.description.committeeEdward Pavlic
dc.description.committeeSusan Rosenbaum
dc.description.committeeChristopher Pizzino


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