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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Kingston enunciated for many of us the impossibility of constructing definitively
the boundary between fact and story , truth and imagination . As she said of The
Woman Warrior , “ we cannot find the seams where a myth leaves off and a life
... my life , a major thread from early childhood to motherhood was the ways in
which my body , the object of , subjected to and subjecting others to physical acts
, of violation , violence , itself enraged and brutal , was the conduit to imagination
The awkward sentence construction , the concrete images of torture , and the
short , poetic lines in the prose memoir , leave the unspeakable to the reader ' s
imagination : Her eyes were burnt holes for the sun to shine through . I do not like
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Memory Poetry and the Body
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