The Border and the Line: Race, Literature, and Los Angeles - Stanford Studies in Comparative Race and Ethnicity (Paperback)Dean J. Franco (author)
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Los Angeles is a city of borders and lines, from the freeways that transect its neighborhoods to streets like Pico Boulevard that slash across the city from the ocean to the heart of downtown, creating both ethnic enclaves and pathways for interracial connection. Examining neighborhoods in east, south central, and west L.A.-and their imaginative representation by Chicana, African American, and Jewish American writers-this book investigates the moral and political implications of negotiating space.
The Border and the Line takes up the central conceit of "the neighbor" to consider how the geography of racial identification and interracial encounters are represented and even made possible by literary language. Dean J. Franco probes how race is formed and transformed in literature and in everyday life, in the works of Helena Maria Viramontes, Paul Beatty, James Baldwin, and the writers of the Watts Writers Workshop. Exploring metaphor and metonymy, as well as economic and political circumstance, Franco identifies the potential for reconciliation in the figure of the neighbor, an identity that is grounded by geographical boundaries and which invites their crossing.
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
"Dean Franco's vibrant prose and dexterous analysis make The Border and the Line a significant contribution to the study of U.S. ethnic literatures. So much more than a regional case study, this book gifts us a comparative imaginary as far-reaching as it is urgently needed." -- Keith Feldman * University of California, Berkeley *
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