Complicating Constructions

Race, Ethnicity, and Hybridity in American Texts

Edited by David S. Goldstein and Audrey B. Thacker

  • Published: 2007. Paperback 2008
  • Subject Listing: Literary Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 352 pp., 1 bandw photo, 1 line drawing, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: World Rights
  • Series: American Ethnic and Cultural Studies
  • Contents

This volume of collected essays offers truly multiethnic, historically comparative, and meta-theoretical readings of the literature and culture of the United States. Covering works by a diverse set of American authors - from Toni Morrison to Bret Harte - these essays provide a vital supplement to the critical literary canon, mapping a newly variegated terrain that refuses the distinction between "ethnic" and "nonethnic" literatures.
David S. Goldstein teaches at the University of Washington, Bothell. Audrey B. Thacker teaches at California Lutheran University and California State University, Northridge. Other contributors include Jesse Alemán, Ariel Balter, Olivia Castellano, AnnaMarie Christiansen, Georgina Dodge, Tracy Floreani, Joe Lockard, Edwin J. McAllister, Sheree Meyer, William Over, Jeffrey F. L. Partridge, Chauncey Ridley, Derek Parker Royal, Alexander W. Schultheis, Andrea Tinnenmeyer, and José L. Torres-Padilla.

"This volume approaches traumas, conundrums, and opportunities of American hybridity from fresh angles. The writing is clear and the scholarship is alert and serious about its mission: to honestly confront America's racist history and practices and to understand the evolving complexity of American life and letters as fully and carefully as possible."
-John Whalen-Bridge, author of Political Fiction and the American Self

"The essays in this volume achieve much that is original in the field: they raise provocative challenges to prevalent theoretical paradigms (e.g., whiteness theory, double-consciousness, models of immigration); they examine a broad range of canonical and obscure, high-literary and popular texts across historical periods; and they draw attention to the ways in which race and ethnicity are fluid, dynamic, contested, and historically malleable constructs."
-Madhu Dubey, author of Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism


"Unlike other recent treatments. . . this one is broad, and therein lies its strength. . . . Recommended."

"This collection does seem to be unique in its mixture of essays written about 'ethnic' and 'non-ethnic' texts, and it may hearken the beginning of the end of the traditional binary method of categorizing American texts."
-Multi-Cultural Reviews