Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-ix

This project evolved from the ideas that I began exploring in my dissertation and I am thankful for the numerous people who have supported me as I shaped them into a book. My dissertation advisor Sangeeta Ray provided endless guidance...

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Introduction: The Poetics of Hospitality: Refugee, Migrant, Testimony

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pp. 1-44

In her 2007 memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat recounts the events surrounding the death of her eighty-one-year-old uncle Joseph Dantica, who died while being detained by U.S. immigration...

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1. Inter-dictions and Limbo Citizens: Haitian Boat Refugee Narratives

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pp. 45-87

As I have discussed, the politics of hospitality configures the asylum-seeking process as a site of struggle over refugees’ articulations. A poetics of hospitality foregrounds the place of language in deploying the state laws of hospitality...

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2. False Witnessing: U.S. Coast Guard Photography of Haitian Boat Refugees

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pp. 88-130

In a speech given on June 1, 2007, in which he outlined his immigration reform proposal, President Bush described a moment from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s commencement ceremonies at which he gave the keynote...

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3. Silent Subjectivities: Testimony and Haitian Labor Refugees

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pp. 131-176

In chapters 1 and 2, I analyzed the implications of witnessing the conditions of Haitian boat refugees on the open seas. As I discussed, the U.S. government has systematically cast Haitians as economic migrants, thereby disqualifying...

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4. Corporate Containment: Refugee Seafarers on the Seas of Transnational Labor

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pp. 177-212

After spending months trapped aboard a nonfunctioning ship in Brooklyn Harbor, Esteban Gaitán, the protagonist of Francisco Goldman’s novel The Ordinary Seaman (1997), tells those he meets when he ventures into Brooklyn...

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5. Crossing the Threshold of Asylum: Dominican and Cuban (Post)Refugee Narratives

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pp. 213-240

The majority of this book focuses on the instabilities of refugee subjectivities and the difficulties New World refugees confront in attempting to gain legitimacy in a host nation. As I have discussed, the modes of articulation that refugees are required to navigate...

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Epilogue: Diverted Testimonies: New World Refugees in the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 241-249

It is difficult to imagine how to end a book about refugees, especially when so many of the refugees that I have discussed in Asylum Speakers have not arrived at a destination but remain in limbo. The conditions of New World refugees...

Notes

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pp. 251-285

Bibliography

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pp. 287-303

Index

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pp. 304-310