Identity, Diaspora and Return in American Literature.

By: Oliver-Rotger, Maria AntòniaMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandRoutledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature: Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (235 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781317818212Subject(s): American literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc | American literature -- Minority authors -- History and criticism | Displacement (Psychology) in literature | Identity (Psychology) in literature | Return in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Identity, Diaspora and Return in American LiteratureDDC classification: 810.9 LOC classification: PS217.I35 -- .I346 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Roots and Routes in American Literature about Return -- Part I Return as Memory Reconstructed -- 1 Migration, Exclusion, and "Home" in Edwidge Danticat's Narratives of Return -- 2 Between Home and Loss: Inscribing Return in Ruth Behar's An Island Called Home -- 3 Nightmares from My Parents: Return as Recovery in Doan Hòang's Oh, Saigon -- Part II Restorative Nostalgias: Return as Emotional Re-Attachment -- 4 Andrew Lam's Narratives of Return: From Viet Kieu Nostalgia to Discrepant Cosmopolitanisms -- 5 Returning Home: Iranian-American Women's Memoirs and Reflective Nostalgia -- 6 Enacting an Identity by Re-Creating a Home: Eleni Gage's North of Ithaka -- 7 El vaivén de la vida: Musings on Deterritorialized Border Subjects -- Part III Impossible Returns -- 8 Cuban Geographies: The Roots/Routes of Ana Menéndez Narratives -- 9 "The Inextinguishable Longings for Elsewheres": The Impossibility of Return in Junot Díaz -- 10 Returning to Places of No Return in Stuart Dybek's Short Stories -- List of Contributors -- Index.
Summary: This volume combines literary analysis and theoretical approaches to mobility, diasporic identities and the construction of space to explore the different ways in which the notion of return shapes contemporary ethnic writing such as fiction, ethnography, memoir, and film. Through a wide variety of ethnic experiences ranging from the Transatlantic, Asian American, Latino/a and Caribbean alongside their corresponding forms of displacement - political exile, war trauma, and economic migration - the essays in this collection connect the intimate experience of the returning subject to multiple locations, historical experiences, inter-subjective relations, and cultural interactions. They challenge the idea of the narrative of return as a journey back to the untouched roots and home that the ethnic subject left behind. Their diacritical approach combines, on the one hand, a sensitivity to the context and structural elements of modern diaspora; and on the other, an analysis of the individual psychological processes inherent to the experience of displacement and return such as nostalgia, memory and belonging. In the narratives of return analyzed in this volume, space and identity are never static or easily definable; rather, they are in-process and subject to change as they are always entangled in the historical and inter-subjective relations ensuing from displacement and mobility. This book will interest students and scholars who wish to further explore the role of American literature within current debates on globalization, migration, and ethnicity.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Roots and Routes in American Literature about Return -- Part I Return as Memory Reconstructed -- 1 Migration, Exclusion, and "Home" in Edwidge Danticat's Narratives of Return -- 2 Between Home and Loss: Inscribing Return in Ruth Behar's An Island Called Home -- 3 Nightmares from My Parents: Return as Recovery in Doan Hòang's Oh, Saigon -- Part II Restorative Nostalgias: Return as Emotional Re-Attachment -- 4 Andrew Lam's Narratives of Return: From Viet Kieu Nostalgia to Discrepant Cosmopolitanisms -- 5 Returning Home: Iranian-American Women's Memoirs and Reflective Nostalgia -- 6 Enacting an Identity by Re-Creating a Home: Eleni Gage's North of Ithaka -- 7 El vaivén de la vida: Musings on Deterritorialized Border Subjects -- Part III Impossible Returns -- 8 Cuban Geographies: The Roots/Routes of Ana Menéndez Narratives -- 9 "The Inextinguishable Longings for Elsewheres": The Impossibility of Return in Junot Díaz -- 10 Returning to Places of No Return in Stuart Dybek's Short Stories -- List of Contributors -- Index.

This volume combines literary analysis and theoretical approaches to mobility, diasporic identities and the construction of space to explore the different ways in which the notion of return shapes contemporary ethnic writing such as fiction, ethnography, memoir, and film. Through a wide variety of ethnic experiences ranging from the Transatlantic, Asian American, Latino/a and Caribbean alongside their corresponding forms of displacement - political exile, war trauma, and economic migration - the essays in this collection connect the intimate experience of the returning subject to multiple locations, historical experiences, inter-subjective relations, and cultural interactions. They challenge the idea of the narrative of return as a journey back to the untouched roots and home that the ethnic subject left behind. Their diacritical approach combines, on the one hand, a sensitivity to the context and structural elements of modern diaspora; and on the other, an analysis of the individual psychological processes inherent to the experience of displacement and return such as nostalgia, memory and belonging. In the narratives of return analyzed in this volume, space and identity are never static or easily definable; rather, they are in-process and subject to change as they are always entangled in the historical and inter-subjective relations ensuing from displacement and mobility. This book will interest students and scholars who wish to further explore the role of American literature within current debates on globalization, migration, and ethnicity.

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Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger is Associate Professor of English in the Departmentnbsp;of Humanities at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain. She is the author of Battlegrounds and Crossroads: Social and Imaginary Space in Writings by Chicanas (2003).

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