Ellen Craft's Extravagant Passing: 19C In/Civility & Her Genius of Distraction

Rosa Martinez

California State University, Sacramento

Rosa Martinez is an Assistant Professor in English at California State University, Sacramento, where she specializes and teaches courses in American literary history (Early America to 1900), including Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Literature, American Women Writers, and Herman Melville. She received her Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley. This position paper draws from a seminal chapter in her first book project, Extravagant Passing: Masquerade in the American Literary Imagination. An essay from this work is also under resubmission in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States.


We arrived at Charleston, and I there lost sight of Mr. Johnson, an acquaintance at my elbow remarking that he was either a “woman or a genius.”                   - Anonymous, “An Incident at the South”... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Rosa Martinez (California State University, Sacramento)

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