Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America / Edition 1

Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America / Edition 1

by Viet Thanh Nguyen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195147006

ISBN-13: 9780195147001

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America, Viet Nguyen argues that Asian American intellectuals have idealized Asian America, ignoring its saturation with capitalist practices. This idealization of Asian America means that Asian American intellectuals can neither grapple with their culture's ideological diversity nor recognize their own

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In Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America, Viet Nguyen argues that Asian American intellectuals have idealized Asian America, ignoring its saturation with capitalist practices. This idealization of Asian America means that Asian American intellectuals can neither grapple with their culture's ideological diversity nor recognize their own involvement with capitalist practices such as the selling of racial identity. Making his case through the example of literature, which remains a critical arena of cultural production for Asian Americans, Nguyen demonstrates that literature embodies the complexities, conflicts, and potential future options of Asian American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195147001
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Crisis of Representation3
1On the Origins of Asian American Literature: The Eaton Sisters and the Hybrid Body33
2Wounded Bodies and the Cold War: Freedom, Materialism, and Revolution in Asian American Literature, 1946-195761
3The Remasculinization of Chinese America: Race, Violence, and the Novel87
4Representing Reconciliation: Le Ly Hayslip and the Emblematic Victim107
5Queer Bodies and Subaltern Spectators: Guerrilla Theater Hollywood Melodrama, and the Filipino (American) Novel125
Conclusion: Model Minorities and Bad Subjects143
Notes173
Bibliography197
Index214

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