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Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates

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Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates was first published in 1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Identities are always mistaken; yet they are as necessary as air to sustain life in and among communities. Frances Bartkowski uses travel writings, U.S. immigrant autobiographies, and concentration camp memoirs to illustrate how tales of dislocation present readers with a picture of the complex issues surrounding mistaken identities. In turn, we learn much about the intimate relation between language and power.

Combining psychoanalytic and political modes of analysis, Bartkowski explores the intertwining of place and the construction of identities. The numerous writings she considers include André Gide's Voyage to the Congo, Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation, Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street, Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road and Tell My Horse, and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz.

Elegantly written and incisive, Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates stands at the crossroads of contemporary discussions about ethnicity, race, gender, nationalism, and the politics and poetics of identity. It has much to offer readers interested in questions of identity and cultural differences.

Frances Bartkowski is associate professor of English and director of women's studies at Rutgers University in Newark. She is the author of Feminist Utopias (1989).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816623617
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Bartkowski is a member of the English department and has previously served as Director of the Women’s Studies Program at the Graduate program at Rutgers. She is the author of Feminist Utopias (University of Nebraska Press), and Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates: Essays in Estrangement (University of Minnesota Press). She is the co-editor with Wendy Kolmar of Feminist Theory: A Reader (McGraw-Hill). Her current research for Kissing Cousins: A Kinship Bestiary for a New Century focuses on questions of kinship at the turn of the 21st century. She is also working on a novel, and a poetry manuscript. She teaches courses on contemporary autobiography, memoir, and women writers; she also regularly teaches feminist theory courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Who Speaks?
Travel as/is ...
Time and the Traveler: Victor Segalen's Exoticism 5
Seeing Is Believing: Andre Gide's Voyage to the Congo, Roland Barthes's Empire of Signs, and Michel Butor's Mobile 18
Voodoo and Fetish: Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse and Mary Kingsley's Travels in West Africa 35
Among Camels and Women: Elias Canetti's Voices of Marrakesh 53
Casablanca Revisited: Caryl Phillips's The European Tribe 63
From Snakes to Ice: Tete-Michel Kpomassie's An African in Greenland 72
Going North: Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road 91
"Where Do You Live?" Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street 101
Careless Baptisms: Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation 109
Speaking Memory: Charlotte Delbo's None of Us Will Return 127
Time and the Other Laid Bare: Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz and Liana Millu's Smoke over Birkenan 140
Speaking of Travel... 156
Notes 159
Bibliography 171
Index 181
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