This work examines early twentieth-century literature about women immigrants in order to reveal the differing ways that American racial categories and identities, particularly that of whiteness, were textually and socially constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Brown investigates how the superficially separate categorical systems of race, ethnicity, gender, and national identity intersect in the formation of whiteness in the US. More specifically, she examines how texts by and/or about immigrants construct racial, ethnic, and national subjectivities, how these subjectivities infuse the changing definition of whiteness in the early 20th century, and how the texts reify and resist hegemonic racial ideology. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Title: The Literature of Immigration and Racial Formation
Author: Linda Joyce Brown
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Date Published: May 2005
Edition: New Edition
Table of Contents:
|Preface : questioning race, questioning whiteness|
|Ch. 1||Introduction : race, whiteness, and women immigrants||1|
|Ch. 2||Coming into whiteness : Mary Antin's claim to assimilation||29|
|Ch. 3||"Why couldn't we have been either one thing or the other?" : monolithic identity and ethnic construction in the fiction and autobiography of Sui Sin Far||57|
|Ch. 4||"This hideous little pickaninny" and the formation of Bohemian whiteness : race, cultural pluralism, and Willa Cather's My Antonia||81|
|Epilogue : the legacy of progressive era racial formation and the re-racialization of immigrant bodies||105|
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