From Shadow to Presence: Representations of Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature
Rodopi, 2007 - Broj stranica: 285
This volume departs from a more static concept of identity politics to engage the varied and entangled processes of ethnic/racial, national, and gender identifications in a range of contemporary US ethnic texts (from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s). Recognizing the growing salience of variously named ethnic, multicultural, and minority literatures as they are produced and circulated in the USA and worldwide nowadays, this work charts four broadly defined models of approaching such texts: cultural nationalism, ethnic feminism, borderlands and contact zones, and finally, the diasporic model. Drawing extensively on psychoanalytic theory, feminist/gender studies, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, and its revision of ethnography, the book offers a fresh, engaged, theoretically, and analytically well-rehearsed overview of the distinctive and determining features of a rapidly expanding domain of contemporary US literary production, namely, ethnic literatures. Of potential interest to scholars of American/US literature, but also minority and postcolonial literatures, and to students of American literature, the book attempts an interethnic comparative approach to well- and lesser-known texts. Among the authors represented are Shawn Wong, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Toni Morrison, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sherman Alexie, Denise Chávez, Rolando Hinojosa, Roberto Fernández and Edwidge Danticat.
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Emotionalism and cultural nationalism 44
Homebase 1979 59
Summoning a new subject ethnic feminists 83
Morrisons Sula 1973 102
Allegories of gender and nation in Kingstons The Woman Warrior 1976 115
Borderlandscontact zones reworlding ethnicity 133
abjection Acosta affective afﬁliation African American Alexie’s Appadurai articulation Asian American Aztlán becomes Bhabha Bildungsroman borderlands chapter Chávez Cheng Chicano Chicano Movement Chinese Chinese American collective colonial concept consciousness context Cuban cultural nationalism cultural nationalist Danticat daughter Denise Chávez desire diasporic discourse dreams dynamics emergence engage entailed exile experience fantasy Farming of Bones feminine feminist ﬁction ﬁeld ﬁgure ﬁnd ﬁrst Freud gender Haiti Haitian identiﬁcation identity formation immigration Indian inﬂected Kingston language literary masculine Maxine Hong Kingston melancholic memory Mexican American Morrison mother movement narrative narrator Native Native American novel ofﬁcial one’s Oscar Zeta Acosta paradigm past plot political position postcolonial potential protagonist psychic psychoanalysis race racial racist love reading reﬂects representations represented reservation sense sexual signiﬁcant social Soveida’s space speciﬁc status story strategies structures Sula symbolic texts textual trauma women writing