An Ethics of Betrayal
The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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My greatest pleasure in completing An Ethics of Betrayal comes in the opportunity I have to thank the many individuals who have seen me through the process of writing it. To begin, I have been deeply indebted to the intellectual challenges and generosity that Sangeeta Ray and...
1. Introduction: An Ethics of Betrayal
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In Dante’s Inferno, as is famously known, the ninth circle of hell is reserved for the most loathsome of sinners, those given special trust and love who have proven themselves traitors to God, country, and family. Most impressively, Lucifer gnaws on the heads of Judas, Brutus, and Cassius...
2. Late Arrivals: An Ethics of Betrayal in Racial and National Formation
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During the past decade and a half, ethnic studies and American studies have begun to consider the disciplinary and epistemological relationship between their own objects and methodologies and those of diaspora studies, postcolonial studies, and area studies.1 This question has been...
3. Accidents and Obligations: Minority Neoconservatives and U. S. Racial Discourse
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Because U. S. racial formations have been structured as the relations between a dominant center and raced margins, one of the most troubling questions that has attended the emergence of minority discourse is the resilience of assimilation as a viable model for cultural, political, and...
4. Ethnic America Undercover: The Intellectual and Minority Discourse
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As we saw in Chapter 3, Richard Rodriguez and Eric Liu assert that the cultural politics of minority discourse produces for its subjects a type of “professional” identity that these writers impugn. They both nevertheless participate in such a professionalization by “reporting” to their...
5. The Passion: The Betrayals of Elián González and Wen Ho Lee
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In April 2000, during the height of the media and political maelstrom surrounding the young Cuban boy rescued a little over four months earlier off the shores of Florida, the Washington Post ran a picture of Elián González hanging, arms akimbo, on a playground jungle gym, with a...
Epilogue: The Traitors in Our Midst
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After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the question of betrayal seemed to take on an immediacy and urgency that would have been difficult to imagine when I first began writing An Ethics of Betrayal. And yet, it remains difficult to know...
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Publication Year: 2009