Ethnic Life Writing and Histories: Genres, Performance, and Culture
Lit, 2007 - 256 páginas
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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Witness creates existential immediacy for both the writer and the reader " ( Bruner
45 ) . When the " witness , " as is often the case in ethnic life writing , is not
necessarily the writer but a relative or a member of the community , the genre ' s ...
At the same time , he deconstructs these very notions on the pages that follow by
telling the reader about Oscar ' s chronic ulcers , his deteriorating mental health ,
his constipation , and his hallucinations . Oscar curses , vomits , defecates , and ...
... to express the carnivalistic through literature ; according to Bakhtin , this “
boundless world of humorous forms ” served to " oppos [ e ] the official and
serious tone of medieval ecclesiastical and feudal culture ” ( The Bakhtin Reader
196 ) .
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