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Diverse December – Why Do It?

The simple answer is that BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) writers are largely ignored. Underrepresented on agents’ books, publishers’ lists, review pages, prizes lists and recommended reads. 1,618 more words

Roxane Gay

Quicksand and Passing – Nella Larsen

Quicksand and Passing are two novellas packaged together and reissued by Serpent’s Tale in the UK. They both share the key theme of being a woman of colour in America early in the twentieth century but the two pieces explore ideas around this in different ways. 844 more words


An Intimation of Things Distant

An Intimation of Things Distant: The Collected Fiction of Nella Larsen by Nella Larsen 

publication date: 1992
pages: 278
ISBN: 0-385-42149-4

Nella Larsen was a lesser known participant in the Harlem Renaissance. 566 more words

Book Review

Teaching Nella Larsen's Passing

Teaching Nella Larsen’s Passing 

I have taught Nella Larsen’s Passing many times in my Introduction to American Literature and Introduction to Literature courses. The reasons for teaching Larsen are plenty: the novella is slim and segmented into three parts, each of which fits nicely into a class session; the ambiguous ending is perfect for practicing literary argumentation; Larsen was forgotten for several decades and students appreciate thinking about how texts can be forgotten and recovered; and finally, the novella is host to themes of race, sexuality, beauty, desire, class, and gender that make for energetic and rich classroom discussion. 1,794 more words

Classroom Activities

Passing the Angel in the House

I have passed often in my life, usually out of necessity. I have passed as someone who is more like my family members, simply because I know my actual opinions would be the minority and I find it easier to not rock the boat. 877 more words

An Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance: The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen (1926-29)

I’m fairly ignorant about the Harlem Renaissance, but I do know it’s produced one of my top New York writers from this trip.  I had initially been a little concerned that Larsen’s stories might be famous because of the period they depict, rather than because of her writing skill.   638 more words

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Writer's Quote Wednesday 2015

My interest to search out female African-American authors has been a long-time, though neglected wish, to know more about their contributions to and role in the literary world. 170 more words