MELUS

A journal concentrating on multi-ethnic American literature for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 4, Winter

A Son's Return: Selected Essays of Sterling A. Brown
A Son's Return: Selected Essays of Sterling A. Brown. Ed. Mark A. Sanders. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1996. xxii + 314 pp. $15.95 paper. In the Foreword to this collection of essays, Mark Sanders offers a basic introduction to the life...
Enacting Asian American Transformations: An Inter-Ethnic Perspective
It is clear that the work of art cannot itself be asked to change the world or to transform itself into political praxis; on the other hand, it would be desirable to develop a keener sense of the complexity and ambiguity of that process loosely termed...
First and Third Worlds in U.S. Literature: Rethinking Carlos Bulosan
1. Re-Imagining the Class Struggle Much of the criticism on Carlos Bulosan investigates the dynamics of Third World writing in his work, primarily focussing on his poetry or, most predominantly, on his novelistic collective biography of Filipinos,...
Framing the Margins: The Social Logic of Postmodern Culture
Phillip Brian Harper, Framing the Margins: The Social Logic of Postmodern Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. Black women had to deal with "postmodern" problems in the nineteenth century and earlier. These things had to be addressed...
In Search of a Mother Tongue: Locating Home in Diaspora
Place for me takes the form of memory and language. --Ilan Stavan, "The Other Voice" The locus of truth is always extraterritorial; its diffusion is made clandestine by the barbed wire and watch-towers of national dogma. --George Steiner,...
Listening to Silences: New Essays in Feminist Criticism
Listening to Silences: New Essays in Feminist Criticism. Elaine Hedges and Shelley Fisher Fishkin, editors. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. vii + 326 pages. As Hedges and Fishkin write in their introduction to Listening to Silences, the...
"Looking at the Back of Your Head": Mirroring Scenes in Alice Walker's the Color Purple and Possessing the Secret of Joy
Although Alice Walker insists that Possessing the Secret of Joy is not a sequel to The Color Purple, she has chosen to recast various characters in the later novel. The novels are also alike in that their protagonists, Celie in Purple and Tashi in...
Memory and Anti-Documentary Desire in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee is rapidly acquiring critical currency as one of the most recent pieces of ethnic autobiographical evidence to be resuscitated by researchers within the fields of Asian American, feminist, film, and post-colonial studies.(1)...
O Brave New People: The European Invention of the American Indian
O Brave New People: The European Invention of the American Indian. John F. Moffitt and Santiago Sebastian. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1996. xiv + 399 pages. $55.00 cloth. Although Moffitt and Sebastian remark that they did not intend to employ...
Preliminaries
From its inception in the 1970s, The MELUS project has focused on literary texts--the recovery and re-presentation of lost or neglected texts, commentary on texts and the teaching of texts, and interviews with authors. As a community in touch with...
Reclaiming the Heartland: Lesbian and Gay Voices from the Midwest
Reclaiming the Heartland: Lesbian and Gay Voices from the Midwest. Eds., Karen Lee Osborne and William J. Spurlin. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1996. xxv + 227 pages. $18.95. Contesting the notion that queer culture resides primarily in urban...
See(k)ing the Self: Mirrors and Mirroring in Bicultural Texts
When David Levinsky put on his new clothes, and had the barber cut off his side-locks, his mentor remarked: "Quite an American, isn't he?" as he brought him to a mirror. To quote Levinsky: "When I took a look in the mirror I was bewildered. I scarcely...
The Gender/Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy
The Gender/Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy. Ed. Roger N. Lancaster and Micaela di Leonardo. New York: Routledge, 1997. x + 574 pages. $27.95 paper. Robert Lancaster and Micaela di Leonardo's compilation of essays for The Gender/Sexuality...
The Silko Road from Chiapas or Why Native Americans Cannot Be Marxists
In major sections of Leslie Marmon Silko's novel Almanac of the Dead, specifically those taking place in the Chiapas state of Mexico, Silko makes extensive use of Marx and Engels. Angelita La Escapia, the leader of the indigenous "Peoples' Army" has...
The Trickster of History: The Heirs of Columbus and the Dehistorization of Narrative
In 1492, a previously insignificant cartographer with a small Spanish caravel arrived at the islands of the Caribbean. Three hundred years later, a foundling democracy in search of an "American" hero resurrected a forgotten Genoan admiral. In 1992,...
"Who Is the Nation?"-Or, "Did Cleopatra Have Red Hair?": A Patriotic Discourse on Diversity, Nationality, and Race
[M]en of the sturdy stocks of the North of Europe had made up the main stream of foreign blood which was every year added to the vital working force of the country.... But now there came multitudes of men of the lowest class from the south of Italy...