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

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and dissolves borders with the same exhilarating force of liberation that we find in the poeticized theoretical work of Gloria Anzaldúa, in her Borderlands/La Frontera. In addition to this, we find in a film like Mambo Kings a utopian rather than nostalgic vision of a Cuba that, because of its unique historical and geographic positions, holds in itself both the memory and the promise of a pan- racial culture; historically, we know that Cubans were not exclusively of African and Hispanic descent but were also, and as significantly, Chinese, Arab, Jewish. While I have not addressed matters of racial and ethnic differences among Cubans directly in this chapter, it bears mentioning that the mostly white Cuban writers I have discussed in the preceding pages all embrace a view of Cuban cultural traditions as intrinsically multicultural, and that, despite the work of Afro-Cuban writers like Nicolás Guillén and Lydia Cabrera to bring to light the African foundations of much of Cuba's culture, there remains a great deal of work to be done on the part of non-European Cubans living in exile to sustain this endeavor. History leaves no doubt that there never really was "one" Cuba; Cuba, as a singular term, paradoxically denotes a complex of profoundly differential qualities, tastes, rhythms, passions, and pleasures. To write, therefore, "in Cuban" is not one thing, one act, one performance; it is, as Cabrera Infante observed, flight, dance, and song, impossible and necessary at once, a pleasuring that simultaneously loves and resists itself. It may be in this contradictory, paradoxical combination of the pleasure and pain in being Cuban that Cuban writers inscribe themselves.


SELECTED PRIMARY BIBLIOGRAPHY

Arenas Reinaldo. Antes que Anochezca. Barcelona: Tusquets Editores, S.A., 1992.

-----. Before Night Falls. Trans. Dolores M. Koch. New York: Viking, 1993.

-----. The Doorman. Trans. Dolores M. Koch. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1991.

-----. Farewell to the Sea. Trans. Andrew Hurley. New York: Penguin Books, 1986.

Cabrera Guillermo Infante. Tres Tristes Tigres. Barcelona: Editoria Seix Barral, S.A., 1983.

Estefan Gloria, and Emilio Estefan. Mi Tierra. Epic Records, 1993.

Fernandez Roberto G, Raining Backwards. Houston: Arte Público P, 1988.

García Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban. New York: Knopf, 1992.

Hijuelos Oscar. The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1993.

-----. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1989.

Lázaro Felipe, ed. Poetas Cubanos en Nueva York. Madrid: Editorial Betania, 1986.

Medina Pablo. Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood. Austin: U of Texas P, 1990.

Muñoz Elías Miguel. Crazy Love. Houston: Arte Público P, 1988.

-----. The Greatest Performance. Houston: Arte Público P, 1991.

Padilla Heberto. Self-Portrait of the Other: A Memoir. Trans. Alexander Coleman. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1990.

Pau-Llosa Ricardo. Bread of the Imagined. Tempe: Bilingual P, 1992.

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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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