Critical Insights: The Immigrant Experience, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1682176932
  • ISBN-13: 9781682176931
  • DDC: 810.809220
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 300 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released July 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018
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This collection focuses on the variety of immigrant experiences that have been depicted in literary works and the techniques that immigrant writers have used in fiction and non-fiction. Essays deal with issues ranging from racism and discrimination to culture shock and homesickness, from necessary attempts at assimilation to anxiety about cultural loss and a struggle to prevent erasure. Other themes include balancing multiple identities across generations and the language of refugee literature.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About This Volume.
On the Immigrant Experience.
Critical Contexts.
1: “The Hope for the Better”: Immigrants in Jewish American Literature.
2: Who We Are: South Asian Women Writing Life and Identity.
3: Myth and Migration in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
4: Graphic Anamnesis: Redrawing the Home Country in Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do and GB Tran's Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey.
Critical Readings.
5: Emma Lazarus's Poetic Representations of the Immigrant Experience.
6: Wing Sing and Edith Eaton: Their Great Adventures (Some Travel Writings by Sui Sin Far).
7: Perpetual Foreigners, Settlers, and Sojourners: An Overview of a Century of South Asian Immigrant Writing in North America.
8: We Are Made to Leave, We Are Made to Return: Writing Movement in Contemporary Arab American Literature.
9: “Create Dangerously”: Immigration as Radical Hope in Edwidge Danticat's Fiction and Creative Nonfiction.
10: Writing, Freedom, and the Immigrant Experience: A Reading of Ha Jin's A Free Life.
11: Making a Place: Life Narratives of Undocumented Youth.
12: Reading about the Migrant and Immigrant Experiences in Latina and Latino Young Adult (YA) Literatures: Identities and Voices of Youth and Families.
13: Aspiration and Disillusionment: Undocumented Experiences in Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers.
14: Contemporary African Immigration and the Legacy of Slavery in Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing.
Works on the Immigrant Experience.
About the Editor.