New Immigrant Literatures in the United States: A Sourcebook to Our Multicultural Literary Heritage

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6.
Ashraf Rushdy, NeoSlave Narratives, MS.
7.
The thesis of the centrality of genocide to North American-Armenian ethnic texts is argued powerfully by Marc Nichanian in Armenian and by Shirinian in English. Rubina Peroomian's Literary Responses to Catastrophe: A Comparison of the Armenian and the Jewish Experience ( Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993) is a useful text that draws all its examples from Armenophone classics.
8.
The adjectives "diasporic" and "diasporan" are used interchangeably here, as in much writing on the topic. "Diasporic" has been constructed on the model of, and in rhyme with, "ethnic"; "diasporan," with "American" or "Armenian." Not a lexical investigation but the consensus of those who use the term professionally will eventually determine the "victor."
9.
Louis Althusser and Etienne Balibar, Reading Capital, trans. Ben Brewster ( London: Verso, 1979 or 1968), 14.
10.
Comments by two Americans in Fresno, documented in Richard T. La Piere, "The Armenian Colony in Fresno County, California," Ph.D. thesis, 1930, 339, 341.
11.
SS stands for Saroyan Special, a collection of his stories. See Bibliography.
12.
Jacques Derrida, "The Time Is Out of Joint," Deconstruction Is/In America, ed. Ansel Haverkamp ( New York: NYU Press, 1995), 30.
13.
All the characters are based on real people. Some retain their first names; others are renamed but are transparent to those who know the milieu. However, the words and thoughts assigned to these characters entirely serve Saroyan's purposes: a few of the things they say are nearly verbatim reproductions of what they actually said during Saroyan's frequent after-hours visits to Haratch's office, when alcohol and conversation created a small salon of diasporic thinkers. But most of their speeches are ventriloquized: Saroyan gives these characters the words and positions he needs to create a dramatic debate concerning ethnic identity caught between homeland and host land.
14.
In one of those coincidences that indicate how often art represents not what is, but will soon become, life, less than a year after Edgarian's work was published, the government of the Republic of Armenia asked (in March 1995) whether the teaching of genocide to those aged under twelve might transmit trauma too effectively. In homeland and diaspora both, the form in which the genocide must be remembered is now in dispute.

SELECTED PRIMARY BIBLIOGRAPHY

Akillian Michael. The Eating of Names: Poems. New York: Ashod Press, 1983.

Antreassian Jack. The Cup of Bitterness and Other Stories. New York: Ashod Press, 1979.

Arlen Michael. Exiles. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1970.

-----. Passage to Ararat. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1975.

Arzoomanian Ralph. Four Plays. New York: Ararat Press, 1980.

Avakian Arlene Voski. Lion Woman's Legacy: An Armenian-American Memoir. New York: CUNY-The Feminist Press, 1992.

Balakian Peter. Reply from Wilderness Island. Riverdale-on-Hudson, New York: Sheep Meadow Press, 1988.

-----. Sad Days of Light. New York: Sheep Meadow Press, 1983.

Baliozian Ara. In the New World. New York: Voskedar Press, 1982.

-----. In the New World: Essays. New York: Voskedar Press, 1982.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Works Cited xix
  • I - Asian-American Literatures 1
  • 1 - Arab-American Literature 3
  • Conclusion 15
  • Notes 15
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 16
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 17
  • 2 - Armenian-American Literature Khachig Tololyan 19
  • Conclusion 37
  • Notes 39
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 40
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 41
  • 3 - Chinese-American Literature 43
  • Introduction 43
  • Notes 62
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 62
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 63
  • 4 - Filipino American Literature Nerissa Balce-Cortes and Jean Vengua Gier 67
  • Conclusion 84
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 86
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 87
  • 5 - Indian-American Literature 91
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 105
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 107
  • 6 - Iranian-American Literature Nasrin Rahimieh 109
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 122
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 123
  • 7 - Japanese-American Literature Benzi Zhang 125
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 140
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 141
  • 8 - Korean-American Literature 143
  • Conclusion 151
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 152
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 154
  • 9 - Pakistani-American Literature Sunil Sharma 159
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 164
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 167
  • II - Caribbean-American Literatures 169
  • 10 - Anglophone Caribbean-American Literature 171
  • 11 - Cuban-American Literature 187
  • Conclusion 203
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 204
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 205
  • 12 - Dominican-American Literature 207
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 216
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 218
  • 13 - Puerto Rican-American Literature Carrie Tirado Bramen 221
  • Conclusion 234
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 234
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 237
  • III - European-American Literatures 241
  • 14 - Finnish-American Literature 243
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 251
  • 15 - Greek-American Literature 253
  • Conclusion 259
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 259
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 261
  • 16 - Irish-American Literature 265
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 276
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 279
  • 17 - Italian/American Literature 281
  • Conclusion 287
  • Notes 290
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 291
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 292
  • 18 - Jewish-American Literature 295
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 305
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 307
  • 19 - Sephardic Jewish-American Literature 309
  • Introduction 309
  • Conclusion 313
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 314
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 316
  • 20 - Polish-American Literature 319
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 326
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 327
  • 21 - Slovak-American and Czech-American Literature 329
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 337
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 338
  • IV Mexican-American Literatures 339
  • 22 - Mexican-American Literature Ada Savin 341
  • Conclusion 357
  • Notes 359
  • Selected Primary Bibliography 360
  • Selected Secondary Bibliography 362
  • Selected Bibliography 367
  • Index 371
  • About the Contributors 383
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