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Open Books Open Minds - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2022/2023

Passing Narratives

"Folks are drawn to — and I’m particularly drawn to — passing narratives because they destabilize our sense of who we are. They also help us think through other categories of identity. If race isn’t as stable as we want to think about it, maybe sexuality isn’t either, or gender." - Alisha Gaines, Vox interview

Examples of Passing Narratives

IN LITERATURE:

IN FILM:

Passing (2021) - IMDbPassing by Rebecca Hall (on Netflix)
(2021)
In 1920s New York City, a black woman finds her world up-ended when her life becomes intertwined with a former childhood friend who's passing as white.