MELUS

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

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring

Celtic Women and White Guilt: Frankie Silver and Chipita Rodriguez in Folk Memory
Frankie Silver, a white woman from the mountains of North Carolina, was hanged in March 1832 for axe-murdering her husband and then chopping his body into pieces in order to hide her crime. Josefa (Chipita) Rodriguez, a Mexican American woman from...
Demanding a Voice among the Pettifoggers: Sojourner Truth as Legal Actor
American legal narratives of the nineteenth century tell us that slaves, free blacks, and women had no legal voice. (1) Nevertheless, Sojourner Truth, an African American woman and former slave, initiated successful lawsuits, attempted to vote, petitioned...
Disease, Deformity, and Defiance: Writing the Language of Immigration Law and the Eugenics Movement on the Immigrant Body
[T]he following classes shall be excluded from admission to the United States ... All idiots, insane persons, epileptics, and persons who have been insane within five years previously; paupers; persons likely to become a public charge; professional...
"Don't Let Them Make You Feel You Did a Crime": Immigration Law, Labor Rights, and Farmworker Testimony
"Now as farmworker women, we're educating ourselves. We're helping other farmworker women to know their rights. We have conferences where we teach women how to defend themselves, how to get legal assistance, how to sue.... We also have conferences...
Introduction: Law, Literature, and Ethnic Subjects
The question is that of the canon: what (and who) is given voice; who privileged, repeated, and invoked; who silenced, ignored, submerged, and marginalized. Law and literature have shared traditions--of silencing, of pushing certain stories to the...
"No Justice, No Peace": The Figure of Emmett till in African American Literature
I take the first part of my title from the now-familiar cry of those who perceive the American judicial system to be hostile to their rights and concerns. In mm, the second part of my title alludes to one of the great injustices perpetrated by that...
Seeking Asylum: Literary Reflections on Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Human Rights
Over the past decade, immigration law in the United States has taken several important steps toward establishing that human rights violations arising from sexual-orientation-based persecution are recognized grounds for granting asylum to refugees....
The Re-Education of a Xicanindio: Raul Salinas and the Poetics of Pinto Transformation
Prison was not a place for defeat, it was a place for study, for preparation. Fidel Castro wrote while in prison: 'What a tremendous school this prison is! Here I have rounded out my view of the world and determined the meaning of my life. I don't...
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