An Ethics of Betrayal : The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture
Drawing on the work of Levinas and Derrida, An Ethics of Betrayal investigates the themes and tropes of betrayal and treason in Asian American and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural narratives. In this first major comparative study of narratives by and about Asian Americans and Latinos, Parikh considers writings by Frank Chin, Gish Jen, Chang-rae Lee, Eric Liu, Americo Parades, and Richard Rodriguez, as well as narratives about the persecution of Wen Ho Lee and the rescue and return of Elian Gonzalez. By addressing the conflicts at the heart of filiality, the public dimensions of language in the constitution of minority "community," and the mercenary mobilizations of "model minority" status, An Ethics of Betrayal seriously engages the challenges of conducting ethnic and critical race studies based on the uncompromising and unromantic ideas of justice, reciprocity, and ethical society.
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Fordham University Press
April 01, 2009
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