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Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature : Re-membering the Body - Maria C. Zamora

Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature

Re-membering the Body

Paperback Published: 6th August 2008
ISBN: 9781433102684
Number Of Pages: 128

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Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature reflects on the symbolic processes through which the United States constitutes its subjects as citizens, connecting such processes to the global dynamics of empire building and a suppressed history of American imperialism. Through a comparative analysis of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Blu's Hanging, and Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters, this study considers the ways in which bodies challenge the categories asserted in nation-building. The book proposes that underwritten by the vast histories of American imperial migrations, there are texts and bodies which challenge and reconstitute the ever-vexed definition of "American". In "re-membering" such bodies, Maria C. Zamora proclaims our bodies as actual living texts, texts that are constantly bearing, contesting, and transforming meaning. Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature will engage scholars interested in cultural and critical theory, citizenship and national identity, race and ethnicity, the body, gender studies, and transnational literature.

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"With haunting eloquence, Maria C. Zamora argues for 'the sway of the figurative regime' over the material body that is, at once, elusive, irreducible and transformative. Reading gendered, sexualized, and raced bodies as living texts in canonical Asian American works, Zamora compellingly re-maps American national identity through these unwieldy but spectacular literary and bodily texts located at the geopolitical margins of United States empire." (Allan Punzalan Isaac, Associate Professor of American Studies and English, Rutgers University, Author of 'American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America')

ISBN: 9781433102684
ISBN-10: 1433102684
Series: Modern American Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 6th August 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 16.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Type: New edition

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