This paper argues that applying Barbara Smith's theory of lesbian writing presented in her article “Towards a Black Feminist Criticism,” to Nella Larsen’s Passing, enables us to read the character Clare Bellew as a black woman whose sexuality threatens patriarchal and heterosexual values of motherhood and womanhood. Similarly, Smith’s theory allows for Cat and Jeffy in Gayl Jones’ Corregidora to be read as non-normative characters that subsequently challenge heterosexual aspects of white patriarchy.
|Presenter:||Marieke Jerabeck (Undergraduate Student)|
|Time:||2:50 pm (Session IV)|
American Democracy Project Lecture: Janet Poppendieck
5 pm - 5:45 pm