Time and Quest of Identity of the African-American Character: George Schuyler's Black No More





African-American, Blacks, Negros, Passing.


This paper attempts to examine the theme of “passing,” viewed as a metaphor of race that marks a step forward from the painful reality of the Middle Passage to “passing,” as both physical reality and metaphor, and to find out the underlying causes of the passing character in George Schyler's Black No More in the light of social and historical dimensions. The study investigates the aspects of “passing”  manifested by the African-American who is often viewed as an “appendage” to the rest of society, blacks have struggled to attain the success, equality, and overall collective consciousness of the American society, while simultaneously creating and maintaining and identity of their own. Blacks have been and continue to be socially, economically, educationally, and politically disenfranchised and therefore cannot completely find unity within an American system that continuously seeks to reaffirm their inferiority. 

Author Biography

  • Hayder Naji Shanbooj Alolaiwi, University of Craiova Faculty of Letters Department of Anglo-American and German Studies
    Hayder Naji Shanbooj is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Letters, University of Craiova, He participated in several conferences about English Literature. His research interests include American Literature, Multiculturalism, Racial studies. He is equally interested in studying cross-cultural studies and the study of religions and their representation in literature.


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