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Nella Larsen is a central figure in African American, Modernist, and women"s literature. Her status as a Harlem Renaissance woman writer was rivaled by only Zora Neale Hurston"s. This Norton Critical Edition of Larsen"s electrifying 1929 novel includes Carla Kaplan"s detailed and thought-provoking introduction, thorough explanatory annotations, and a Note on the Text.An unusually rich 'Background and Contexts' section connects the novel to the historical events of the day, most notably the sensational Rhinelander/Jones case of 1925. Fourteen contemporary reviews are reprinted, including those by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mary Griffin, and W. E. B. Du Bois. Published accounts from 1911 to 1935'"by Langston Hughes, Juanita Ellsworth, and Caleb Johnson, among others'"provide a nuanced view of the contemporary cultural dimensions of race and passing, both in America and abroad. Also included are Larsen"s statements on the novel and on passing, as well as a generous selection of her letters and her central writings on 'The Tragic Mulatto(a)' in American literature. Additional perspective is provided by related Harlem Renaissance works.'Criticism' provides fifteen diverse critical interpretations, including those by Mary Helen Washington, Cheryl A. Wall, Deborah E. McDowell, David L. Blackmore, Kate Baldwin, and Catherine Rottenberg.A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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Although parallels between Larson's narrative and the sensational 1925 Rhinelander/Jones annulment case are obvious, her themes of the sacrifice of identity, the fluidity of truth, the erotic element in perceptions of race and the power of the necessary are definitely her own. This edition includes the full authoritative text with introduction and annotations by Kaplan (American literature, Northeastern U.), along with articles giving background and context contemporary with the first publication of Passing in 1929 provided by reviews. Other materials include contemporary coverage of passing and race, primary documents on the Rhinelander/Jones case, biographies of Larsen, her letters to leading intellectuals, other treatments of the theories and practices behind passing, articles on the Harlem Renaissance and a collection of leading critical articles. Kaplan includes a full chronology and bibliography. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Nella Larsen is a central figure in African American, Modernist, and women's literature.

Synopsis:

Larsen's status as a Harlem Renaissance woman writer was rivaled by only Zora Neale Hurston's. This Norton Critical Edition of her electrifying 1929 novel includes Carla Kaplan's detailed and thought-provoking introduction, thorough explanatory annotations, and a Note on the Text. An unusually rich "Background and Contexts" section connects the novel to the historical events of the day, most notably the sensational Rhinelander/Jones case of 1925. Fourteen contemporary reviews are reprinted, including those by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mary Griffin, and W. E. B. Du Bois. Published accounts from 1911 to 1935--by Langston Hughes, Juanita Ellsworth, and Caleb Johnson, among others--provide a nuanced view of the contemporary cultural dimensions of race and passing, both in America and abroad. Also included are Larsen's statements on the novel and on passing, as well as a generous selection of her letters and her central writings on "The Tragic Mulatto(a)" in American literature. Additional perspective is provided by related Harlem Renaissance works. "Criticism" provides fifteen diverse critical interpretations, including those by Mary Helen Washington, Cheryl A. Wall, Deborah E. McDowell, David L. Blackmore, Kate Baldwin, and Catherine Rottenberg. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

About the Author

Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University. She is the author of The Erotics of Talk: Women's Writing and Feminist Paradigms, Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters, and Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (forthcoming). She is also editor of Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk Tales from the Gulf States and Dark Symphony and Other Works by Elizabeth Laura Adams.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393979169
Author:
Larsen, Nella
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Editor:
Kaplan, Carla
Author:
Larsen, Nella
Author:
Kaplan, Carla
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Norton Critical Edition
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
584
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Nella Larsen is a central figure in African American, Modernist, and women's literature.
"Synopsis" by , Larsen's status as a Harlem Renaissance woman writer was rivaled by only Zora Neale Hurston's. This Norton Critical Edition of her electrifying 1929 novel includes Carla Kaplan's detailed and thought-provoking introduction, thorough explanatory annotations, and a Note on the Text. An unusually rich "Background and Contexts" section connects the novel to the historical events of the day, most notably the sensational Rhinelander/Jones case of 1925. Fourteen contemporary reviews are reprinted, including those by Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mary Griffin, and W. E. B. Du Bois. Published accounts from 1911 to 1935--by Langston Hughes, Juanita Ellsworth, and Caleb Johnson, among others--provide a nuanced view of the contemporary cultural dimensions of race and passing, both in America and abroad. Also included are Larsen's statements on the novel and on passing, as well as a generous selection of her letters and her central writings on "The Tragic Mulatto(a)" in American literature. Additional perspective is provided by related Harlem Renaissance works. "Criticism" provides fifteen diverse critical interpretations, including those by Mary Helen Washington, Cheryl A. Wall, Deborah E. McDowell, David L. Blackmore, Kate Baldwin, and Catherine Rottenberg. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
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