Nella Larsen (1891-1964)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the African American novelist and short-story writer Nella Larsen, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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literary criticism

"Nella Larsen," Deborah E. McDowell, ed. A Teacher's Guide to Nella Larsen, covers themes and historical context. From textbook publisher Heath.

Knadler, Stephen. "Domestic violence in the Harlem Renaissance: remaking the record in Nella Larsen's Passing and Toni Morrison's Jazz." African American Review 38, 1 (Spring 2004) 98-118 [first page only, blurred, jstor].

Monda, Kimberly. "Self-delusion and self-sacrifice in Nella Larsen's Quicksand." African American Review 31, 1 (Spring 1997) pp 22-39 [first page only, blurred, jstor].

Rayson, Ann. "Foreign Exotic or Domestic Drudge? The African American Woman in Quicksand and Tar Baby' [and Toni Morrison]. MELUS 23, 2 (Summer 1998) [sub ser, questia].

Sherrard-Johnson, Cherene. "'A Plea For Color': Nella Larsen's Iconography of the Mulatta." On the image of the New Negro Woman in the Harlem Renaissance, in Nella Larsen's writing and in visual art. American Literature 76, 4 (2004)[substantial extract, muse].

Silverman, Debra B. "Nella Larsen's Quicksand: untangling the webs of exoticism." On the portrayal of Black women in Larsen's Quicksand and Gertrude Stein's Three Lives." African American Review 27, 4 (Winter 1993) pp 599-614 [first page only, blurred, jstor].


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