The Resource Inhuman citizenship : traumatic enjoyment and Asian American literature, Juliana Chang

Inhuman citizenship : traumatic enjoyment and Asian American literature, Juliana Chang

Label
Inhuman citizenship : traumatic enjoyment and Asian American literature
Title
Inhuman citizenship
Title remainder
traumatic enjoyment and Asian American literature
Statement of responsibility
Juliana Chang
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Inhuman Citizenship, Juliana Chang claims that literary representations of Asian American domesticity may be understood as symptoms of America's relationship to its national fantasies and to the "jouissance"--a Lacanian term signifying a violent yet euphoric shattering of the self--that both overhangs and underlies those fantasies. In the national imaginary, according to Chang, racial subjects are often perceived as the source of jouissance, which they supposedly embody through their excesses of violence, sexuality, anger, and ecstasy--excesses that threaten to overwhelm the social order.To examine her argument that racism ascribes too much, rather than a lack of, humanity, Chang analyzes domestic accounts by Asian American writers, including Fae Myenne Ng's Bone, Brian Ascalon Roley's American Son, Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker, and Suki Kim's The Interpreter. Employing careful reading and Lacanian psychoanalysis, Chang finds sites of excess and shock: they are not just narratives of trauma; they produce trauma as well. They render Asian Americans as not only the objects but also the vehicles and agents of inhuman suffering. And, claims Chang, these novels disturb yet strangely exhilarate the reader through characters who are objects of racism and yet inhumanly enjoy their suffering and the suffering of others.Through a detailed investigation of "family business" in works of Asian American life, Chang shows that by identifying with the nation's psychic disturbance, Asian American characters ethically assume responsibility for a national unconscious that is all too often disclaimed. "--
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Chang, Juliana
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Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.A84
LC item number
C465 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • Asian Americans in literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature
  • Melancholy in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / Asian American
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
Label
Inhuman citizenship : traumatic enjoyment and Asian American literature, Juliana Chang
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-215) and index
Contents
Introduction: Inhuman Citizenship -- 1. Melancholic Citizenship: The Living Dead and Fae Myenne Ng's Bone -- 2. Shameful Citizenship: Animal Jouissance and Brian Ascalon Roley's American Son -- 3. Romantic Citizenship: Immigrant-Nation Romance, the Antifetish, and Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker -- 4. Perverse Citizenship: The Death Drive and Suki Kim's The Interpreter
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
241 p.
Isbn
9780816674435
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012030015
System control number
  • (OCoLC)788271215
  • 40021740867
  • (OCoLC)ocn788271215
Label
Inhuman citizenship : traumatic enjoyment and Asian American literature, Juliana Chang
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-215) and index
Contents
Introduction: Inhuman Citizenship -- 1. Melancholic Citizenship: The Living Dead and Fae Myenne Ng's Bone -- 2. Shameful Citizenship: Animal Jouissance and Brian Ascalon Roley's American Son -- 3. Romantic Citizenship: Immigrant-Nation Romance, the Antifetish, and Chang-rae Lee's Native Speaker -- 4. Perverse Citizenship: The Death Drive and Suki Kim's The Interpreter
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
241 p.
Isbn
9780816674435
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2012030015
System control number
  • (OCoLC)788271215
  • 40021740867
  • (OCoLC)ocn788271215

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