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Nation, race & history in Asian American literature : re-membering the body

Author: Maria C Zamora
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, ©2008.
Series: Modern American literature (New York, N.Y.), v. 50.
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"Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature reflects on the symbolic processes through which the United States constitutes its subjects as citizens, connecting such processes to the global dynamics of empire building and a suppressed history of American imperialism. Through a comparative analysis of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Blu 's Hanging, and Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters, this
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Named Person: David Henry Hwang; Lois-Ann Yamanaka; Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maria C Zamora
ISBN: 9781433102684 1433102684
OCLC Number: 232656930
Description: vii, 128 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Asian American Literature and its Discontents: The Body, The Nation --
Manila's Centennial --
Bodies in Limbo --
A Look at the Workings of Nationalism --
American Ideals and Pragmatics --
Close Readings --
Artifice in David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly: Sexuality, Race, and the Seduction of Theater --
Race and Sexuality --
Erotics and Seduction --
Artifice and Trickery --
Conclusion --
The Rope in Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Blu's --
Hanging: Self-Representation and Survival --
The Controversy Over Blu's Hanging --
The Body --
The "Beyond" --
The Rope --
A Cartography of Scars --
Survival --
Conclusion --
The Collage in Jessia Hagedorn's Dogeaters: History and the Politics of Representation --
National Desire & the Erotics of Politics: Daisy Avila --
Aestheticization of Violence: Lolita Luna --
The Ascetic: Leonor Ledesma --
The Female Grotesque: Baby Alacran --
Conclusion --
Afterword --
Notes --
Bibliography.
Series Title: Modern American literature (New York, N.Y.), v. 50.
Responsibility: Maria C. Zamora.
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"Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature reflects on the symbolic processes through which the United States constitutes its subjects as citizens, connecting such processes to the global dynamics of empire building and a suppressed history of American imperialism. Through a comparative analysis of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Blu 's Hanging, and Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters, this study considers the ways in which bodies challenge the categories asserted in nation-building. The book proposes that underwritten by the vast histories of American imperial migrations, there are texts and bodies which challenge and reconstitute the ever-vexed definition of "American." In "re-membering" such bodies, Maria C.

Zamora proclaims our bodies as actual living texts, texts that are constantly bearing, contesting, and transforming meaning. Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature will engage scholars interested in cultural and critical theory, citizenship and national identity, race and ethnicity, the body, gender studies, and transnational literature."--Jacket.

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"With haunting eloquence, Maria C. Zamora argues for `the sway of the figurative regime' over the material body that is, at once, elusive, irreducible and transformative. Reading gendered, Read more...

 
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