Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature

Re-membering the Body

by Maria C. Zamora (Author)
©2008 Monographs X, 130 Pages
Series: Modern American Literature, Volume 50


Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature reflects on the symbolic processes through which the United States constitutes its subjects as citizens, connecting such processes to the global dynamics of empire building and a suppressed history of American imperialism. Through a comparative analysis of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Blu’s Hanging, and Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters, this study considers the ways in which bodies challenge the categories asserted in nation-building. The book proposes that underwritten by the vast histories of American imperial migrations, there are texts and bodies which challenge and reconstitute the ever-vexed definition of «American». In «re-membering» such bodies, Maria C. Zamora proclaims our bodies as actual living texts, texts that are constantly bearing, contesting, and transforming meaning. Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature will engage scholars interested in cultural and critical theory, citizenship and national identity, race and ethnicity, the body, gender studies, and transnational literature.


X, 130
ISBN (Softcover)
Asian American literature M. Butterfly Rasse (Motiv) Erotik (Motiv) Ethnic American Literature Nationalism Body American imperialism Citizenship National identity Hwang, David Henry
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. X, 130 pp.

Biographical notes

Maria C. Zamora (Author)

The Author: Maria (Mia) C. Zamora is Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the World Literature Program at Kean University in New Jersey. Dr. Zamora completed her doctorate in Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a fellow of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and a Fulbright scholar.


Title: Nation, Race & History in Asian American Literature