Abstract

This article argues that teaching Asian American literature should include immeasurable and nontangible factors that accompany racial grief, such as cultural betrayal, the trauma of belonging interstitially, and the sensation of displacement. I propose that these be introduced via a gothic motif, such as the double, haunting, and possession by ghosts. Such motifs have the advantage of familiarity (or, if not, are quite easy to explain) and being psychoanalytically informed.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1533-6255
Print ISSN
1531-4200
Pages
pp. 235-252
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-21
Open Access
No
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