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The Resource Unbecoming Americans : writing race and nation from the shadows of citizenship, 1945-1960, Joseph Keith

Unbecoming Americans : writing race and nation from the shadows of citizenship, 1945-1960, Joseph Keith

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Unbecoming Americans : writing race and nation from the shadows of citizenship, 1945-1960
Title
Unbecoming Americans
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writing race and nation from the shadows of citizenship, 1945-1960
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Joseph Keith
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Language
eng
Summary
"During the Cold War, Ellis Island no longer served as the largest port of entry for immigrants, but as a prison for holding aliens the state wished to deport. The government criminalized those it considered un-assimilable (from left-wing intellectuals and black radicals to racialized migrant laborers) through the denial, annulment, and curtailment of citizenship and its rights. The island, ceasing to represent the iconic ideal of immigrant America, came to symbolize its very limits. Unbecoming Americans sets out to recover the shadow narratives of un-American writers forged out of the racial and political limits of citizenship. In this collection of Afro-Caribbean, Filipino, and African-American writers--C.L.R. James, Carlos Bulosan, Claudia Jones, and Richard Wright--Joseph Keith examines how they used their exclusion from the nation, a condition he terms "alienage," as a standpoint from which to imagine alternative global solidarities and to interrogate the contradictions of the United States as a country, a republic, and an empire at the dawn of "The American Century." Building on scholarship linking the forms of the novel to those of the nation, the book explores how these writers employed alternative aesthetic forms, including memoir, cultural criticism, and travel narrative, to contest prevailing notions of race, nation, and citizenship. Ultimately they produced a vital counter-discourse of freedom in opposition to the new formations of empire emerging in the years after World War II, forms that continue to shape our world today."--Publisher's website
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Keith, Joseph
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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The American Literatures Initiative
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  • American literature
  • Immigrants' writings, American
  • Citizenship in literature
  • Race in literature
  • American literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Citizenship in literature
  • Immigrants' writings, American
  • Race in literature
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Unbecoming Americans : writing race and nation from the shadows of citizenship, 1945-1960, Joseph Keith
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unknown
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Neither citizen nor alien: rewriting the immigrant bildungsroman across the borders of empire in Carlos Bulosan's America is in the heart -- The epistemology of un-belonging: Richard Wright's The outsider and the politics of secrecy -- Richard Wright's cosmopolitan exile: race, decolonization and the dialogics of modernity -- The undesirable alien and the politics of form: telling untold tales in C.L.R. James's mariners, renegades and castaways -- Talking back to the state: Claudia Jones's radical forms of alienage -- Conclusion: An empire of alienage
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ocn852896329
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1 online resource (xi, 239 pages)
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online
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9780813559681
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt4jxfb6
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remote
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(OCoLC)852896329
Label
Unbecoming Americans : writing race and nation from the shadows of citizenship, 1945-1960, Joseph Keith
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Neither citizen nor alien: rewriting the immigrant bildungsroman across the borders of empire in Carlos Bulosan's America is in the heart -- The epistemology of un-belonging: Richard Wright's The outsider and the politics of secrecy -- Richard Wright's cosmopolitan exile: race, decolonization and the dialogics of modernity -- The undesirable alien and the politics of form: telling untold tales in C.L.R. James's mariners, renegades and castaways -- Talking back to the state: Claudia Jones's radical forms of alienage -- Conclusion: An empire of alienage
Control code
ocn852896329
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 239 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813559681
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4jxfb6
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)852896329

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