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The Border and the Line : Race, Literature, and Los Angeles

Author: Dean J Franco
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2019.
Series: Stanford studies in comparative race and ethnicity.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Los Angeles is a city of borders and lines, from the freeways that transect its neighborhoods to streets like Pico Boulevard that slash across the city from the ocean to the heart of downtown, creating both ethnic enclaves and pathways for interracial connection. Examining neighborhoods in east, south central, and west L.A.--and their imaginative representation by Chicana, African American, and Jewish American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)1022982045
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dean J Franco
ISBN: 9781503607781 150360778X
OCLC Number: 1076269155
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 208 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION: The Borders and Lines of Social Identities; 1 Redlining and Realigning in East L.A.: The Neighborhoods of Helena María Viramontes and Union de Vecinos; 2 The Matter of the Neighbor and the Property of "Unmitigated Blackness"; 3 My Neighborhood: Private Claims, Public Space, and Jewish Los Angeles; CONCLUSION: Love, Space, and the Grounds of Comparative Ethnic Literature Study; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Series Title: Stanford studies in comparative race and ethnicity.
Responsibility: Dean J. Franco.

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Los Angeles is a city of borders and lines, from the freeways that transect its neighborhoods to streets like Pico Boulevard that slash across the city from the ocean to the heart of downtown, creating both ethnic enclaves and pathways for interracial connection. Examining neighborhoods in east, south central, and west L.A.--and their imaginative representation by Chicana, African American, and Jewish American writers--this book investigates the moral and political implications of negotiating space. The Border and the Line takes up the central conceit of "the neighbor" to consider how the geography of racial identification and interracial encounters are represented and even made possible by literary language. Dean J. Franco probes how race is formed and transformed in literature and in everyday life, in the works of Helena María Viramontes, Paul Beatty, James Baldwin, and the writers of the Watts Writers Workshop. Exploring metaphor and metonymy, as well as economic and political circumstance, Franco identifies the potential for reconciliation in the figure of the neighbor, an identity that is grounded by geographical boundaries and which invites their crossing.

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