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Minor Transnationalism

Minor Transnationalism

by Françoise Lionnet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822334909

ISBN-13: 9780822334903

Pub. Date: 03/09/2005

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Minor Transnationalism moves beyond a binary model of minority cultural formations that often dominates contemporary cultural and postcolonial studies. Where that model presupposes that minorities necessarily and continuously engage with and against majority cultures in a vertical relationship of assimilation and opposition, this volume brings together case

Overview

Minor Transnationalism moves beyond a binary model of minority cultural formations that often dominates contemporary cultural and postcolonial studies. Where that model presupposes that minorities necessarily and continuously engage with and against majority cultures in a vertical relationship of assimilation and opposition, this volume brings together case studies that reveal a much more varied terrain of minority interactions with both majority cultures and other minorities. The contributors recognize the persistence of colonial power relations and the power of global capital, attend to the inherent complexity of minor expressive cultures, and engage with multiple linguistic formations as they bring postcolonial minor cultural formations across national boundaries into productive comparison.

Based in a broad range of fields—including literature, history, African studies, Asian American studies, Asian studies, French and francophone studies, and Latin American studies—the contributors complicate ideas of minority cultural formations and challenge the notion that transnationalism is necessarily a homogenizing force. They cover topics as diverse as competing versions of Chinese womanhood; American rockabilly music in Japan; the trope of mestizaje in Chicano art and culture; dub poetry radio broadcasts in Jamaica; creole theater in Mauritius; and race relations in Salvador, Brazil. Together, they point toward a new theoretical vocabulary, one capacious enough to capture the almost infinitely complex experiences of minority groups and positions in a transnational world.

Contributors. Moradewun Adejunmobi, Ali Behdad, Michael Bourdaghs, Suzanne Gearhart, Susan Koshy, Françoise Lionnet, Seiji M. Lippit, Elizabeth Marchant, Kathleen McHugh, David Palumbo-Liu, Rafael Pérez-Torres, Jenny Sharpe, Shu-mei Shih , Tyler Stovall

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822334903
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/09/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,240,396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Thinking through the Minor, Transnationally / Françoise Lionnet and Shu-Mei Shih 1

I. Theorizing

Inclusions: Psychoanalysis, Transnationalism, and Minority Cultures / Suzanne Gearhart 27

Rational and Irrational Choices: Form, Affect and Ethics / David Palumbo-Liu 41

Toward an Ethics of Transnational Encounters, or, "When" does a "Chinese" Woman Become a "Feminist"? / Shu-Mei Shih 73

The Postmodern Subaltern: Globalization Theory and the Subject of Ethnic, Area and Postcolonial Studies / Susan Koshy 109

II. Historicizing

Murder in Montmartre: Race, Sex, and Crime in Jazz Age Paris / Tyler Stovall 135

Giving "Minor" Pasts a Future: Narrating History in Transnational Cinematic Autobiography / Kathleen McHugh 155

Major and Minor Discourses of the Vernacular: Discrepant African Histories / Moradewun Adejunmobi 179

III. Reading, Writing, Performing

Transcolonial Translations: Shakespeare in Mauritius / Françoise Lionnet 201

Postcolonial Theory and the Predicament of "Minor Literature" / Ali Behdad 223

The Calm Beauty of Japan at Almost the Speed of Sound: Sakamoto Kyu and the Translations of Rockabilly / Michael K. Bourdaghs 237

IV. Spatializing

Cartographies of Globalization, Technologies of Gendered Subjectivities: The Dub Poetry of Jean "Binta" Breeze / Jenny Sharpe 261

The Double Logic of Minor Spaces / Seiji M. Lippit 283

National Space as Minor Space: Afro-Brazilian Culture and the Pelourinho / Elizabeth A. Marchant 301

Alternate Geographies and the Melancholy of Mestizaje / Rafael Perez-Torres 317

Contributors 339

Index 343

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