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Explores themes of betrayal and treason in Asian-American and Chicano and Latin literature, including works by Frank Chin and Amrico Parades.
An exciting departure from identity discourse, THE ETHICS OF BETRAYAL reframes those projects through continental philosophy and ethics, and argues that despite the celebration of difference, racialized minorities remain the subjects and objects of betrayal. Further, Parikh provokes thinking across theoretical and racialized borders, and gestures toward a literary ethics to enrich the reading of texts.-Gary Y. Okihiro
A deeply philosophical, yet historically timely and keenly political intervention into the figure of the traitor broadly conceived.ÿ Parikh mines the significance of betrayal for those constructed as alien to the nation not only in its literal manifestations but within complexly theorized notions of ethnic infidelity.ÿ Her readings of assimilation in the context of neoconservatism and of the spy's intelligence work as an allegory of the intellectual work of Ethnic Studies are particularly brilliant.ÿ Demonstrating an acute pedagogy of suspicion, this book will be particularly generative for anyone theorizing race in our post-9/11 landscape.-Leslie Bow