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Complicating Constructions: Race, Ethnicity, Hybridity in American Texts (American Ethnic and Cultural Studies) Hardcover – June 15, 2007


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  • Series: American Ethnic and Cultural Studies
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295986816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295986814
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,123,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This volume approaches traumas, conundrums, and opportunities of American hybridity from fresh angles. The writing is clear and the scholarship is alert and serious about its mission: to honestly confront America's racist history and practices and to understand the evolving complexity of American life and letters as fully and carefully as possible."-John Whalen-Bridge, author of Political Fiction and the American Self

"The essays in this volume achieve much that is original in the field: they raise provocative challenges to prevalent theoretical paradigms (e.g., whiteness theory, double-consciousness, models of immigration); they examine a broad range of canonical and obscure, high-literary and popular texts across historical periods; and they draw attention to the ways in which race and ethnicity are fluid, dynamic, contested, and historically malleable constructs."-Madhu Dubey, author of Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism

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This volume of collected essays is an important contribution to contemporary understandings of race and ethnicity, offering truly multiethnic, historically comparative, and meta-theoretical readings of the literature and culture of the United States. Covering works by a diverse set of American authors--from Toni Morrison to Bret Harte--these essays provide a vital supplement to the critical literary canon, mapping a newly variegated terrain that refuses the distinction between "ethnic" and "nonethnic" literatures.

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