In this Book

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Texts written by Southeast Asian migrants have often been read, taught, and studied under the label of multicultural literature. But what if the ideology of multiculturalism—with its emphasis on authenticity and identifiable cultural difference—is precisely what this literature resists?
 
Transitive Cultures offers a new perspective on transpacific Anglophone literature, revealing how these chameleonic writers enact a variety of hybrid, transnational identities and intimacies. Examining literature from Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, as well as from Southeast Asian migrants in Canada, Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland, this book considers how these authors use English strategically, as a means for building interethnic alliances and critiquing ruling power structures in both Southeast Asia and North America. Uncovering a wealth of texts from queer migrants, those who resist ethnic stereotypes, and those who feel few ties to their ostensible homelands, Transitive Cultures challenges conventional expectations regarding diaspora and minority writers.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Pluralism, Transition, and the Anglophone
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. PART I. Histories
  1. Chapter 1. Multiracial Clans in Colorful Malaya
  2. pp. 31-58
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  1. Chapter 2. So That the Sparks That Fly Will Fly in All Directions: Pluralism and Revolution in the Philippines
  2. pp. 59-88
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  1. PART II. Mobilities
  1. Chapter 3. Liberal Tolerance and Asian Migrancy
  2. pp. 91-118
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  1. Chapter 4. Just an American Darker Than the Rest: On Queer Brown Exile
  2. pp. 119-146
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  1. PART III. Genres
  1. Chapter 5. Mutant Hybrids Seek the Global Unconscious: Cynicism, Chick-­Lit, Ecstasy
  2. pp. 149-176
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  1. Chapter 6. Speculative Fiction and Authorial Transition
  2. pp. 177-196
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  1. Conclusion. Identity, Authenticity, Collectivity
  2. pp. 197-202
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-216
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 217-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-242
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 243-244
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813591896
Related ISBN
9780813591902
MARC Record
OCLC
1024312684
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-06
Language
English
Open Access
No
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