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Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance

In Nella Larsen’s Passing, racial identity and “passing,” or traversing the color line, have multiple configurations. Clare Kendry is the character who seems to saunter undisturbed back and forth across the color line. Irene Redfield wants to maintain a strict perimeter around her life, a perimeter far from the ambiguity of the color line. Their reunion starts when Clare introduces herself to Irene at a restaurant and end with Clare’s death. It is easy to read the novel as one where Clare is dangerous to Irene’s life. After all, she brings the color line right to Irene’s doorstep. But Irene seems to be more dangerous at the end of the novel. Larsen raises the question of whether Irene pushed Clare…

What books to read

1. Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines 2. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles 3. The Green Man – Kingsley Amis 4. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth 5. Ada – Vladimir Nabokov 6. Them – Joyce Carol Oates 7. A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec 8. Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen 9. Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal 10. The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch 11. Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen 12. Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry 13. The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz 14. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan 15. A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines 16. The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf….