Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

I want to thank the people and institutions that helped make this book possible. Duquesne University provided me with a sabbatical during the spring 2003 semester, a Wimmer Family Foundation Faculty Development Grant during the summer of 2003, and a Presidential Scholarship Award during the summer of 2005, all of which gave me some time away ...

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Introduction: Rethinking Community for the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 1-38

The sheer volume of human beings migrating, individually or in groups, voluntarily or not, across national borders around the globe throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and into the twenty-first century has resulted in an incredible mixing of diverse peoples and cultures, which in turn has created both serious ...

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Choosing Hope and Remaking Kinship: Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club

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pp. 39-72

Focusing on Amy Tan’s incredibly popular The Joy Luck Club (1989), this chapter turns to a specific analysis of contemporary American fiction by women who draw from particular ethnic American traditions to reimagine dynamic forms of community and coalition building within the landscape of ...

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Negotiating Collectivities: Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven

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pp. 73-112

This chapter further explores alternative models of kinship as an avenue for reimagining community and the possibility of agency begun in the discussion of Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. Like Tan’s novel, Barbara Kingsolver’s two-novel set, The Bean Trees (1988) and Pigs in Heaven (1993 ...

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Collective Liberation and Activism via Spirituality: Ana Castillo’s So Far from God

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pp. 113-150

While this chapter continues the exploration of creative ways of rethinking kinship as a means of creating alternative forms of communities and communal agency, Ana Castillo’s So Far from God (1993) subverts more extensively than do the novels discussed so far the traditional dichotomy between the private...

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The Call to Love, to Assert Power with Others: Toni Morrison’s Paradise

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pp. 151-184

Toni Morrison’s Paradise (1997) moves further past notions of kinship than any other novel examined in this book as it explores more specifically the politics of community and coalition building. The novel demonstrates that, within the context of the United ...

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Conclusion: Looking to the Future

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pp. 185-194

As the preceding chapters have made clear, the notion and ideals of community continue to matter greatly within the context of late twentieth-century America. That community still matters is evidenced by the various social and activist movements since..

Notes

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pp. 195-220

Bibliography

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pp. 221-236

Index

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pp. 237-246