MELUS

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

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer

African American Anti-Semitism and Himes's 'Lonely Crusade.' (Chester Himes)
Most critics have considered Chester Himes's second novel about racial conflict at a Los Angeles war industry plant, Lonely Crusade (1947), to be his most ambitious and substantial work.(1) However, the novel has attracted little notice since its reissue...
From Ethnicity to Multiculturalism: The Fiction of Stuart Dybek
The new world culture and old country heritage of approximately fifteen million Americans of Polish descent are among multicultural America's best kept secrets. Historically a quiet minority, they have been eager to acculturate, assimilate, and melt...
From Sacred to Secular in 'Umbertina' and 'A Piece of Earth.'
Italian-American writers of roughly the first half of the twentieth century, closer in time to the immigrants of the mass migration, were also closer to their Italian Catholic roots. In 1983, applying Burton Bledstein's analysis of professionalism, Robert...
The Ethnic Implications of Stories, Spirits, and the Land in Native American Pueblo and Aztlan Writing
Location, or "place," nearly always plays a central role in the Pueblo oral narratives. Indeed, stories are most frequently recalled as people are passing by a specific geographical feature or the exact place where a story takes place.... The Emergence...
The Figure of the 'Vato Loco' and the Representation of Ethnicity in the Narratives of Oscar Z. Acosta
As a number of critics have pointed out, the pachuco, the zoot-suited, calo-speaking urban gang member who appeared in barrios large and small from Los Angeles to Chicago in the 1940s, and his descendants, the vato loco - literally a "crazy guy" - and...
"The Insertion of the Self into the Space of Borderless Possibility": Eva Hoffman's Exiled Body
For the European, even today, America represents something akin to exile, a phantasy of emigration and, therefore, a form of interiorization of his or her own culture. - Jean Baudrillard, America Our present age is one of exile. - Julia Kristeva,...
'The Laughter of My Father': A Survival Kit
Even though, compared to other literary figures of Philippine origin, much as been written about Carlos Bulosan, in general, and The Laughter of My Father (hereafter referred to as LF), in particular, there is no consensus about its genre. Although Arturo...
"The Peals of Her Terrific Language": The Control of Representation in 'Silvia Dubois, a Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom.'
In the bumptious, mythologizing obituary that prefaces the Schomburg Library edition of C. W. Larison's Silvia Dubois, A Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom (originally published in 1883), the brilliantly Rabelaisian career...
The Rogue's Progress: Journeys of the Picaro from Oral Tradition to Contemporary Chicano Literature of New Mexico
The Indo-Hispanic oral tradition of New Mexico is richly populated with tricksters, from old Coyote, whose presence dates to the dawn of human consciousness in North America, to the picaros, those human-faced rogues who arrived with Iberian immigrants...