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Author Bolaki, Stella

Title Unsettling the Bildungsroman : reading contemporary ethnic American women's fiction / Stella Blaki
Published Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2011


Description 1 online resource (283 pages)
Series Critical approaches to ethnic American literature ; no. 4
Critical approaches to ethnic American literature ; no. 4.
Contents I: Female travelling in the West/Indies -- 1. Trauma and the Bildungsroman -- 2. Mobilities in the traditional Bildungsroman -- 3. Locating the postcolonial travelling subject -- 4. Merging with and separating from the mother: bound motion in At the Bottom of the River -- 5. The politics of a silent voice -- 6. Declarations of in(ter)dependence in Lucy -- 7. Locomotive tongues: voice and body in Lucy -- II: "The mestiza way" -- 1. Individualism or communitarianism? -- 2. Mastering "the art of the present": unnatural boundaries and borderlands -- 3. Weaving and unweaving through the vignette -- 4. "Private open spaces": rebilding [sic] the private and the public -- 5. More room to play: deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation -- III: "It translated well" -- 1. The promise and the perils of translation -- 2. "Minoritising" translations: the "Japanese Hamlet" and the Asian American Bildungsroman -- 3. Translation and marriage in the Asian American Bildungsroman -- 4. "La belle infidéle": the feminist translator and her dilemmas -- 5. "Impossible conversions": translating the letter or the sense? -- 6. "Dwelling in travel": translating the mother's tongue -- 7. Seduction and the "father's text" -- 8. "Something gives": revisiting relevance -- IV: "In the name of grand asymmetries" -- 1. Imprinting the body: lessons of survival and emotional tattoos -- 2. Against uniformity: transgressive spellings of the body -- 3. From the personal to the political: cancer and its meanings -- A poetics of death: ars moriendi as an art of living -- 5. The art of love: uses of the erotic
Summary Unsettling the Bildungsroman combines genre and cultural theory and offers a cross-ethnic comparative approach to the tradition of the female novel of development and the American coming-of-age narrative. Examines the work of Jamaica Kincaid, Sandra Cisneros, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Audre Lorde
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
SUBJECT Cisneros, Sandra 1954- gnd
Kincaid, Jamaica 1949- gnd
Kingston, Maxine Hong 1940- gnd
Lorde, Audre 1934-1992 gnd
Cisneros, Sandra. (DE-588c)4424286-4. swd
Kincaid, Jamaica. (DE-588c)4320303-6. swd
Kingston, Maxine Hong. (DE-588c)4065440-0. swd
Lorde, Audre. (DE-588c)4336868-2. swd
Universidad Sergio Arboleda gnd
Subject Bildungsromans, American -- Women authors -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Bildungsromans, American -- Minority authors -- 20th century -- History and criticism
American fiction -- 20th century -- Women authors -- History and criticism
American fiction -- Minority authors -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Women in literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Women in literature
American fiction -- Women authors
American fiction -- Minority authors
American literature -- Minority authors
Language and culture
Women authors, American
Ethnizität Motiv
United States
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789401200677