Papers for the panel will explore "passing for something" as a literary genre. The selected papers will delve into the many different characterizations of passing that involve race, ethnicity, social class, gender, intelligence, age or disability. The panel will review the many different ventures into social forces at work that construct and also purposely deceive to obtain social acceptance. The papers may involve issues on voluntary and involuntary choice and existential pathos. The panel highlights representations of “passing for something” as counterfeit and/or inauthentic. The panel will navigate through various works (and/or media, e.g. literary, historical, film, art, music, etc. etc. etc.) that configure notions of past and postmodern identities. The panel will involve a range of writers/artists. This panel will present at the upcoming 45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), held on April 3-6, 2014 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and hosted by Susquehanna University. Please submit abstracts to Jorge Serrano at email@example.com.
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