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Title Identity, diaspora and return in American literature / edited by Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2015
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  810.9353 Id28 2015    AVAILABLE  -  30500101505645
Descript x, 222 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature ; 23
Routledge transnational perspectives on American literature ; 23
Note "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"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: Roots and Routes in American Literature about Return / Maria Antonia Oliver-Rotger --
Part I: Return as Memory Reconstructed -- 1. Migration, Exclusion, and "Home" in Edwidge Danticat's Narratives of Return / Valerie Kaussen -- 2. Between Home and Loss: Inscribing Return in Ruth Behar's An Island Called Home / Rocio G. Davis -- 3. Nightmares from My Parents: Return as Recovery in Doan Hoang's Oh, Saigon / Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz
Part II: Restorative Nostalgias: Return as Emotional Re-Attachment -- 4. Andrew Lam's Narratives of Return: From Viet Kieu Nostalgia to Discrepant Cosmopolitanisms / Begona Simal Gonzalez -- 5. Returning Home: Iranian-American Women's Memoirs and Reflective Nostalgia / Persis Karim -- 6. Enacting an Identity by Re-Creating a Home: Eleni Gage's North of Ithaka / Eleftheria Arapoglou -- 7. El vaiven de la vida: Musings on Deterritorialized Border Subjects / Norma E. Cantu
Part III: Impossible Returns -- 8. Cuban Geographies: The Roots/Routes of Ana Menendez Narratives / Ada Ortuzar-Young -- 9. "The Inextinguishable Longings for Elsewheres": The Impossibility of Return in Junot Diaz / Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez -- 10. Returning to Places of No Return in the Stuart Dybek's Short Stories / Tamas Dobozy
Subject American literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Identity (Psychology) in literature
Return in literature
American literature -- Minority authors -- History and criticism
Displacement (Psychology) in literature
Alt Author Oliver-Rotger, Maria Antònia, editor
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