Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts

Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts

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by David S. Goldstein
     
 

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This volume of collected essays is an important contribution to contemporary understandings of race and ethnicity, offering truly multiethnic, historically comparative, and meta-theoretical readings of the literature and culture of the United States. Covering works by a diverse set of American authors—from Toni Morrison to Bret Harte—these essays provide

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This volume of collected essays is an important contribution to contemporary understandings of race and ethnicity, offering truly multiethnic, historically comparative, and meta-theoretical readings of the literature and culture of the United States. Covering works by a diverse set of American authors—from Toni Morrison to Bret Harte—these essays provide a vital supplement to the critical literary canon, mapping a newly variegated terrain that refuses the distinction between "ethnic" and "nonethnic" literatures.

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Choice

Unlike other recent treatments... this one is broad, and therein lies its strength.... Recommended.

Multi-Cultural Reviews

This collection does seem to be unique in its mixture of essays written about 'ethnic' and 'non-ethnic' texts, and it may hearken the beginning of the end of the traditional binary method of categorizing American texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295986814
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
06/22/2007
Series:
American Ethnic and Cultural Studies
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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John Whalen-Bridge

This volume approaches traumas, conundrums, and opportunities of American hybridity from fresh angles. The writing is clear and the scholarship is alert and serious about its mission: to honestly confront America's racist history and practices and to understand the evolving complexity of American life and letters as fully and carefully as possible.

Madhu Dubey

The essays in this volume achieve much that is original in the field: they raise provocative challenges to prevalent theoretical paradigms (e.g., whiteness theory, double-consciousness, models of immigration); they examine a broad range of canonical and obscure, high-literary and popular texts across historical periods; and they draw attention to the ways in which race and ethnicity are fluid, dynamic, contested, and historically malleable constructs.

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David S. Goldstein teaches at the University of Washington, Bothell.

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