In Migrant Sites, Dalia Kandiyoti presents a compelling corrective to the traditional immigrant and melting pot story. This original and wide-ranging study embraces Jewish, European, and Chicana/o and Puerto Rican literatures of migration and diasporization through the literary works of Abraham Cahan, Willa Cather, Estela Portillo Trambley, Sandra Cisneros, Piri Thomas, and Ernesto Quinonez. The author offers a transformed understanding of the ways in which the sense of place shapes migration imaginaries in U.S. writing. Place is a crucial category, one that along with race, class, and gender, has a profound impact in shaping migration and diaspora identities and storytelling. Migrant Sites highlights enclosure as a prominent sense of place and translocality as its counterpart in diaspora experiences created in fiction. Repositioning national literature as diaspora literature, the author shows that migrant legacies such as colonialism, empire, borders, containment, and enclosure are part of the American story and constitute the "diaspora sense of place."
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 18 mm
Kandiyoti offers a thoughtful study of diasporic novels that represent the experience of migrant settlement in the US, with a special concern for spatiality and its metaphors (location, enclosure, border). Her study of Jewish American fictions that represent the urban ghetto is unusually fine because it does not lose sight of the larger American social context to which the immigrants adapted . . .. Perhaps her most valuable contribution is the complex analytical perspective that she steadily develops, using both literary and theoretical studies. This is an important study of borders, border crossing, and the asymmetric effects of spatial enclosure as they shape the experience of migrants and the literatures that represent it. Highly recommended. Choice"
Migrant Sites thoughtfully balances its broader theories with the particular details of specific ethnic and historical contexts, allowing each text to illuminate the others. MELUS: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States"