Dr. Rita B. Dandridge is a professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Virginia State University. She teaches courses in African American literature and women’s studies. She received her Ph.D. in English from Howard University, Washington D.C. In addition to her many articles, she has published the following books: Ann Allen Shockley: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (Greenwood, 1987), Black Women’s Blues: A Literary Anthology, 1934-1988 (G.K. Hall, 1992), and Black Women’s Activism: Reading African American Women’s Historical Romances (Peter Lang 2004).
2014 0-7734-4272-3 This study fills a gap in scholarship on the subject of sexual passing. It examines sexual passing in Linda Villarosa’s Passing for Black and argues that the blacks’ Christian tradition of homophobia necessitates sexual passing. It traces the emergence of a hybrid popular romance novel that places itself in the African American literary tradition while exploring sexual identity found in subgenre lesbian romances.