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passings

The amount of overlap between sheets of flashing etc.; same as lap, 2.
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Although other writers have created passing figures who share this paradoxical quality, Morrison does not simply allude to past traditions through the metaphor of invisibility and the reference to Hurst's Peola.
In her fourth novel, Morrison again returns to the theme of passing without supplying a single character who is capable of or willing to pass for white.
Here and throughout the novel, the contours of black identity are shaped by the stories that we tell, and passing for white is an accusation and a challenge--not an act.
Characters Capable of Passing for White in Song of Solomon and Jazz
Morrison's uses of passing in The Bluest Eye and Tar Baby, although somewhat indirect and insubstantial, become especially interesting when read alongside her more direct representations in Song of Solomon and Jazz.
Both novels make passing an explicit subject, resembling, in part, scenes in Nella Larsen's Passing and William Faulkner's Absalom
I was just passing through, and it was just-just an idea.
Milkman recognizes the internalized racism, the color consciousness of these light-skinned black women, who have tried to school him in the history of passing for white:
Your grandmother Sing] probably started passing like the rest of 'em, that's what.
Nevertheless, the idea of passing for white is invoked, and it is, moreover, the mystery of whether or not Sing did pass for white that finally doubles her significance.
Although Milkman's problems with family, identity, community, and love are forcefully connected to the mystery of passing for white, it is important to remember that the passing theme remains a very small part of the novel.
Morrison's dual attraction and resistance to developing the passing figure fully is most clearly manifest in Jazz, a novel that more fully develops the drama of crossing the color line.