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Unbecoming Americans: Writing Race and Nation from the Shadows of Citizenship, 1945-1960 (The American Literatures Initiative) Paperback – December 13, 2012
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JOSEPH KEITH is an assistant professor of English at Binghamton University, SUNY.
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I learned a lot from reading this book – not only about these authors but about this period in American literary history - it’s also a very timely book considering how contested citizenship and "what it means to be American" is today in the US.
"Clearly informed by poststructuralist critiques of teleological progress and a unitary construction of the subject, these analyses have suggested that the developmental logic of the bildungsroman reproduces a narrative of synthesis that essentializes identity and politics by hegemonically imposing a universal form onto heterogeneous differences, ultimately reinforcing a logic of development that necessarily privileges the nation (in this case, "America") as the pinnacle of modernity."
If you can wade through prose like that, then this book is for you. If not, then I do not suggest this book.
I gave this book a 2 out of 5 stars because his prose made the points about these authors and their genre difficult to understand in some parts and completely incomprehensible for the majority of the book. It got more than one star because it wasn't too expensive.