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Thoughts on Nella Larsen’s Passing

Throughout my African American Literature English class (what a mouthful!), we have read many novels and nonfiction commentaries. Some novels include Frederick Douglass’s Narrative, Charles Chesnutt’s “The Sheriff’s Children” and… 768 more words


Passing: A Review

The last thing Irene Redfield expected one afternoon was for her life to drastically change, but that’s exactly what happened the moment she bumped into Clare Kendry, a childhood acquaintance, one smoldering Chicago summer afternoon. 328 more words

Book Review


In this video we see children and Adults answering the same question “If you could change one thing about your body what would it be?” The adults in this video saw flaws in themselves and spoke about the flaws they wanted to change. 353 more words

What Does it Mean to be ____________- A Reflection on Posts Pass & Passing

In a previous blog post of mine entitled Dark Enough to Relate, Light Enough to be the Oppressor , I addressed the idea of and the stigmas surrounding what it means to be considered “Latino”. 1,044 more words

"No one is ever completely happy, or free, or safe" Explained.

If there is one quote from Nella Larsen’s Passing, that can easily touch on all the themes from the novel it would be:

“I’m beginning to believe,” she murmured, “that no one is ever completely happy, or free, or safe” (Larsen 121).

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Nella Larsen and "Passing"

Nella Larsen’s acclaimed novella got me thinking about this idea of “passing” and the reasons behind and consequences of pretending to be something one is not. 551 more words

American Women Writers

Passing: Can We Truly Know One Another?

It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.

– Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You (

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