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Unbecoming Americans: Writing Race and Nation from the Shadows of Citizenship, 1945-1960
by Joseph Keith
During the Cold War, Ellis Island no longer served as the largest port of entry for immigrants, but as a prison for holding aliens the state wished to deport. The government criminalized those it considered un-assimilable (from left-wing intellectuals and black radicals to racialized migrant laborers) through the denial, annulment, and curtailment of citizenship and its ri ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 10th 2013 by Rutgers University Press
(first published January 1st 2013)
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Keith tracks the development of a comsopolitan radical literary tradition in the U.S. written from the position of alienage. He is particualrly interested in the ways these texts map new types of communities and offer new forms of political agency. Keith is interested in the limits of the novel as much as the limits of the nation. He selects texts that confound traditional definitions of the novel like Bulosan's America Is in the Heart . These texts, he insists, do not fail as novel, but rather ...more