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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).
|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|