Passing By Nella Larsen Analysis

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Space. The physical area a person occupies. The space that a person lives in, where someone consider home helps to shape, even define who they are. Within the borders of American, space can be divided in a multitude of ways. The broadest category of American space is region. A person can be a northern or a southerner. Narrowing in scope, space can be divided by population density, IE rural versus urban. The city or town a person resides in helps to define who they are. Space can be broken down into even smaller units, restaurants or other various public spaces. The establishment a person choses to frequent shapes who they are. The smallest unit of space is a home, a physical address that belongs to one single person of family unit. Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel, Passing, concerns itself…show more content…
Harlem, New York acted as a magnet attracting a plethora of black Americans from which music, art, poetry, and writing proliferated. It was a time of intellectual stimulation, great expression as well as cultural and social revolution. Larsen moved to New York in 1916 and after her marriage to prominent African American physicist Elmer Imes in 1919, Larsen joined the thick of the movement. It was from her husband that Larsen met other quintessential Harlem Renaissance artists such as Langston Hughes and W.E.B Du Bois. Because Larsen was a member of the elite Harlem Renaissance social circles, this elevates her level of authority on the subject, thus her writing can be seen as more credible to accurately reflect The Harlem Renaissance versus someone writing about the movement from the outside of the movement. From chapter two of Re-Encounter we learn, “the year was 1927 in the city of New York.” Passing is a novel about the Harlem Renaissance written in Harlem during the renaissance. These factors combined with Larsen’s familiarity with the subject makes

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