Must We Mean What We See

Kerry Dickenson


My paper focuses on one novel, Middlesex and two novellas: Quicksand and Passing, which deal with the issues of ambiguity in a society obsessed with discrete categorical thinking. The theory research I chose will  highlight the common ground these novels share concerning issues of race, gender, sex, class, and the empowerment of resisting societal norms. In this paper, I will analyze the forms of resistance, as carried out by the voice of the narrator/character, in each novel, and how they each serve to negotiate the promise of social mobility in the context of a world holding tight to traditional boundaries of segregation.


Passing Trope; Resistance; Androgyny; Larsen; Eugenides

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