Crossing Cultures: Creating Identity in Chinese and Jewish American Literature

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University of Missouri Press, 2003 - History - 283 pages
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"In this important new study, Judith Oster looks at the literature of Chinese Americans and Jewish Americans in relation to each other. Examining what is most at issue for both groups as they live between two cultures, languages, and environments, Oster focuses on the struggles of protagonists to form identities that are necessarily bicultural and always in process. Recognizing what poststructuralism has demonstrated regarding the instability of the subject and the impossibility of a unitary identity, Oster contends that the writers of these works are attempting to shore up the fragments, to construct, through their texts, some sort of wholeness and to answer at least partially the questions Who am I? and Where do I belong?" --Book Jacket.
 

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Contents

One Other Looks at Another Other
11
Seeking the Self Mirrors and Mirroring in Bicultural Texts
34
Language and the Self Being Bilingual
58
The Bilingual Text How Language Signifies
84
Heaping Bowls and Narrative Hungers Around the Family Table
122
My Pearly Doesnt Get Cs The Centrality and Cost of Education
169
Writing the Way Home
206
The Reader in the Mirror
255
Bibliography
263
Index
277
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