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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Insights of Lesbian Writing in Passing and Corregidora

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)
Topic: English
Location: 219 Hartwell
Time: 2:50 pm (Session IV)