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The author suggests that attending to the publishing history of Larsen’s novel and the resulting indeterminacy of its ending(s) offers a concrete example of a materially oriented pedagogy that can illuminate the racial politics behind textual production and its relation to particular historical and cultural moments. He suggests that such a pedagogy offers both another way of understanding the textual contingency emphasized in contemporary theory and a way of further opening up questions of textuality and meaning for students.


John K Young. Teaching Texts Materially: The Ends of Nella Larsen’s “Passing.” College English, v66 (2004): 632-651.

Copyright 2004 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Used with permission.