Ethnic Life Writing and Histories: Genres, Performance, and Culture
In the context of the fraught ethnic politics in our increasingly globalized world, negotiating with historical memory has become both a cultural obsession and a powerful political weapon.
The essays describe how processes of literary creativity and historical inscription blend significantly to produce texts that require nuanced readings on many levels. Half the essays focus on Asian American texts, inviting crucial connections and insights on the ways ethnic concerns are reflected methodologically.
Roco G. Davis teaches at the Modern Languages Department of the University of Navarre, Pamplona (Spain). Jaume Aurell is a researcher at the history department of the University of Navarre, Pamplona. Ana Beatriz Delgado is a teaching assistant at the University of Navarre.
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When I first began drafting this talk , I thought of the writing of my memoir in the contrasting metaphors of organic and constructed processes . A memoir , I wrote , preserves memory ; but , like canning , the process of preservation ...
This technique emphasizes the constructed , fragmented , and historically contingent nature of identity in ... his discussion of the relationship of the narrative process to the construction of national identity , Bhabha points out the ...
By acknowledging that a national past can only ever be reconstructed from “ shreds and patches of cultural signification " ( 142 ) , Bhabha demonstrates the fissures that allow for the possibility of agency in constructing a national ...
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