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The Resource Crossing cultures : creating identity in Chinese and Jewish American literature, Judith Oster

Crossing cultures : creating identity in Chinese and Jewish American literature, Judith Oster

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Crossing cultures : creating identity in Chinese and Jewish American literature
Title
Crossing cultures
Title remainder
creating identity in Chinese and Jewish American literature
Statement of responsibility
Judith Oster
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this important new study, Judith Oster looks at the literature of Chinese Americans and Jewish Americans in relation to each other. Examining what is most at issue for both groups as they live between two cultures, languages, and environments, Oster focuses on the struggles of protagonists to form identities that are necessarily bicultural and always in process. Recognizing what poststructuralism has demonstrated regarding the instability of the subject and the impossibility of a unitary identity, Oster contends that the writers of these works are attempting to shore up the fragments, to construct, through their texts, some sort of wholeness and to answer at least partially the questions Who am I? and Where do I belong? Oster also examines the relationship of the reader to these texts. When encountering texts written by and about 2others,3 readers enter a world different from their own, only to find that the book has become mirrorlike, reflecting aspects of themselves: they encounter identity struggles that are familiar but writ large, more dramatic, and set in alien environments. Among the figures Oster considers are writers of autobiographical works like Maxine Hong Kingston and Eva Hoffman and writers of fiction: Amy Tan, Anzia Yezierska, Henry Roth, Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Lan Samantha Chang, and Frank Chin. In explicating their work, Oster uses Lacan{u2019}s idea of the 2mirror stage,3 research in language acquisition and bilingualism, the reader-response theories of Iser and Wimmers, and the identity theories of Charles Taylor, Emile Benveniste, and others. Oster provides detailed analyses of mirrors and doubling in bicultural texts; the relationships between language and identity and between language and culture; and code-switching and interlanguage (English expressed in a foreign syntax). She discusses food and hunger as metaphors that express the urgent need to hear and tell stories on the part of those forging a bicultural identity. She also shows how American schooling can undermine the home culture{u2019}s deepest values, exacerbating children{u2019}s conflicts within their families and within themselves. In a chapter on theories of autobiography, Oster looks at the act of writing and how the page becomes a home that bicultural writers create for themselves. Written in an engaging, readable style, this is a valuable contribution to the field of multicultural literary criticism."--Publishers website
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Oster, Judith
Dewey number
810.9/8924
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.C45
LC item number
O75 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Jews
  • Judaism and literature
  • Chinese Americans
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • Chinese Americans in literature
  • Culture in literature
  • Jews in literature
Label
Crossing cultures : creating identity in Chinese and Jewish American literature, Judith Oster
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-276) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
52547584
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 283 pages
Isbn
9780826214867
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003014540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Crossing cultures : creating identity in Chinese and Jewish American literature, Judith Oster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-276) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
52547584
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 283 pages
Isbn
9780826214867
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003014540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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