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Subverted Passing and Trans* Transition in Helen Oyeyemi's Boy, Snow, Bird
College Literature Pub Date : 2021-04-27
Erika Renée Williams

Abstract:

This essay examines Helen Oyeyemi’s novel Boy, Snow, Bird as an example of what I have coined the subverted passing novel, which I define as a subgenre of the conventional passing novel that undermines its archetypal conventions. I argue that Oyeyemi challenges the usual scope and formulae of the passing novel by offering readers the atypical stories of a white-passing woman who must learn to pass for black and an arguably transgender man who may have been misidentified as a passing lesbian. I conclude that by staging cultural identity as a matter of both personal narrative articulation and public narrative contestation, Boy, Snow, Bird exceeds even while rendering more trenchant the passing narrative, foregrounding the audacity of reinventing oneself and encouraging skepticism about the praxes of reading and codifying identity.



中文翻译:

海伦·奥耶米(Helen Oyeyemi)的《男孩,雪,鸟》的颠覆式传递和反式过渡

摘要:

本文考察了海伦·奥耶米(Helen Oyeyemi)的小说《男孩,雪,鸟》,以此作为我创造颠覆式过往小说的一个例子,我其定义为破坏传统原型的传统过往小说的子类。我认为,Oyeyemi通过向读者提供一个非典型的故事来挑战过世小说的常规范围和公式,这些故事包括必须学会黑人通过的白人过世妇女和可能被误认为是过世女同性恋的可以说是变性人。我的结论是,通过个人叙事表达和公共叙事竞赛来区分文化身份,“男孩,雪人,鸟儿” 甚至超过了使经过的叙事更加鲜明的局面,突显了重塑自我并鼓励人们对阅读和编纂身份的普遍性持怀疑态度的大胆举动。

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