MELUS

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

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, Spring

Being (and Feeling) Gogol: Reading and Recognition in Jhumpa Lahiri's the Namesake
In January 2006, Manish Vij, a regular contributor to the popular South Asian American cultural interest blog Sepia Mutiny, posted an incisive send-up of the commodification of transnational South Asian novels in Western markets. (1) The illustration...
Breaking the "Chinese Habit": Jade Snow Wong in First Person
Ever since the 1970s, as writers and critics began to develop an Asian American canon and search for role models for their own writing, Jade Snow Wong and her 1950 autobiography, Fifth Chinese Daughter, have been forcefully criticized. Comparisons...
Dangerously Smooth Spaces in Cynthia Shearer's the Celestial Jukebox
Cynthia Shearer's The Celestial Jukebox (2005) offers readers a radically unconventional perspective on the Mississippi Delta region of the United States, an area described by historian James C. Cobb as the "most Southern place on Earth.'" As Barbara...
Editor's Introduction: Reading, Writing, and Recognition
R ecognize Aroostook Indians. E nvelope [sic] all my people. C hildren, all Indian children. O pen your hearts to my people. G ive my people your help. N one shall be forgotten. I ndians are people. T ime has come to change. ...
More Than Hunter or Prey: Duality and Traumatic Memory in Edwidge Danticat's the Dew Breaker
In The Dew Breaker (2004), Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat continues her engagement with the troubled history of her homeland, investigating how this history affects the Haitian people both in Haiti and in diaspora. This short story cycle...
Narrating Photography in the Sweet Flypaper of Life
The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955) is the result of a collaborative effort between photographer Roy DeCarava and writer Langston Hughes. Their unique fusion of words and images provides an opportunity to examine how the two media can be brought together...
Rethinking Recognition: Mi'kmaq and Maliseet Poets Re-Write Land and Community
Land and community are two ongoing concerns of contemporary Native American literature and literary criticism, and with good reason; if indigenous writing and theory are to remain genuinely useful to indigenous people, they must stay grounded in these...
Sarah Winnemucca, Translation, and US Colonialism and Imperialism
I can speak five tongues--three Indian tongues, English and Spanish. I can read and write, and am a school teacher. Now I do not say this to boast, but simply to show you what can be done. --Sarah Winnemucca (qtd. in "We have referred") Sarah...
Scientific Management in East Goes West: The Japanese and American Construction of Korean Labor
I do not want to treat efficiency as mere technique or method. There is no other way for humankind beyond efficiency. I wish to emphasize that the way of man is in fact efficiency. --Ueno YSichi (187-89) In the past the man has been first; in...
The Plot against America: Philip Roth's Counter-Plot to American History
"There's the not-so that reveals the set--that's fiction." --Philip Roth (Exit 120) "One can produce an imaginary discourse about real events that may not be less 'true' for being 'imaginary.'" --Hayden White (57) Philip Roth's The Plot...
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