MELUS

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

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer

An Interview with Beatriz Rivera
The increased presence of Latino/a writers of Cuban descent continues to reshape radically the landscape of contemporary American letters. Ruth Behar, Sandra Castillo, Rafael Campos, Cristina Garcia, Oscar Hijuelos, Gustavo Perez-Firmat, Virgil Suarez,...
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"Cold/hot, English/Spanish": The Puerto Rican American Divide in Judith Ortiz Cofer's Silent Dancing
On more than one occasion Puerto Rican American writer Judith Ortiz Cofer has been questioned about her use of standard American English to express the bicultural experiences of the immigrant Puerto Ricans featured in her poetry and prose fiction....
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Decadence, Sexuality, and the Bohemian Vision of Wallace Thurman
Despite his dynamic output as an author and critic of the Harlem Renaissance, Wallace Thurman has not often inspired critical admiration. Several generations of scholars have lamented the alcoholic excess of his lifestyle and the indecent content of...
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"I Don't Think I Exist": Interview with Richard Rodriguez
I conducted this interview with Richard Rodriguez in February of 2000 in his San Francisco Victorian home. Born in 1944, Rodriguez has crafted a career encompassing the production of literary as well as journalistic discourse. Rodriguez first came...
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Interview with Pat Mora
Pat Mora is a poet, essayist, and author of numerous children's books, most recently of The Night the Moon Fell (2000), a picture book that retells a Mayan myth, and of a memoir entitled House of Houses (1997), which chronicles her experiences of growing...
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Mona on the Phone: The Performative Body and Racial Identity in Mona in the Promised Land
When the teenage title character in Mona in the Promised Land realizes how in the popular conception Orientals are supposed to be exotically erotic, ... all she'll want to say is, But what about my areolaless hubs? Not to say my sturdy short...
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On Outlaws, Tricksters, and the MELUS Scholar
Presidential Address April 11, 2003 MELUS 2003 Conference Boca Raton, Florida This address is" dedicated to my mother, Elaine Tu, who passed away March 20, 2003. Hers was an indomitable trickster spirit from a long line of warrior women. As MELUS...
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Representing History in Amy Tan's the Kitchen God's Wife
"Historical literature" is often understood according to binary logic, with critics tending to privilege either phenomenalism or theoreticism. A phenomenalist approach assumes that historical literature is a reliable source of information about past...
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The (Jewish) White Negro: Norman Mailer's Racial Bodies
Norman Mailer's 1957 essay "The White Negro" has long been regarded as a paradigmatic example of the white male investment in African American masculinity. Few contemporary discussions of the meanings that white men make of 'blackness' fail to invoke...
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The Mother That Won't Reflect Back: Situating Psychoanalysis and the Japanese Mother in No-No Boy
There is a humorous saying: 'Love is homesickness'; and whenever a man dreams of a place or a country and says to himself, still in the dream, 'this place is familiar to me, I have been there before,' we may interpret the place as being his mother's...
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Yiddish in Amerike: Translating Multilingual Texts: Jacob Gordin's "Moses, Jesus Christ and Karl Marx Visit New York"
And the opposite happened--Esther 9:1 [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "[Un es iz gevorn farkert]"--Yehoash translation of Esther 9:1 [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "[Un er hot gezen dafke farkert]"--"Moses" segment (Gordin, Ale shriftn 197)...
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