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The life of paper : letters and a poetics of living beyond captivity

Author: Sharon Luk
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Life of Paper offers a wholly original and inspiring analysis of how people facing systematic social dismantling have engaged in letter correspondence to remake themselves, from bodily integrity to subjectivity to collective and spiritual being. Exploring the evolution of racism and confinement in California history, this ambitious investigation disrupts common understandings of the early detention of Chinese  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Luk, Sharon, 1979-
Life of paper.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017031749
(OCoLC)981118143
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Luk
ISBN: 9780520968820 0520968824
OCLC Number: 1006380972
Awards: Lora Romero First Book Prize, 2018.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 314 pages)
Contents: Introduction : the life of paper --
The inventions of China --
Imagined genealogies (for all who cannot arrive) --
"Detained alien enemy mail : examined" --
Censorship and the/work of art, where they barbed the/fourth corner open --
Ephemeral value and disused commodities --
Uses of the profane.
Responsibility: Sharon Luk.

Abstract:

"The Life of Paper offers a wholly original and inspiring analysis of how people facing systematic social dismantling have engaged in letter correspondence to remake themselves, from bodily integrity to subjectivity to collective and spiritual being. Exploring the evolution of racism and confinement in California history, this ambitious investigation disrupts common understandings of the early detention of Chinese migrants (1880s-1920s), the internment of Japanese Americans (1930s-1940s), and the mass incarceration of African Americans (1960s-present) in its meditation on modern development and imprisonment as a way of life. Situating letters within global capitalist movements, racial logics, and overlapping modes of social control, Luk demonstrates how correspondence among the incarcerated becomes a poetic act of reinvention and a means for living."--Provided by publisher.

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