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The Literature of Immigration and Racial Formation

Becoming White, Becoming Other, Becoming American in the Late Progressive Era

By Linda Joyce Brown

Routledge – 2004 – 160 pages

Series: Studies in American Popular History and Culture

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Description

This work examines early twentieth-century literature about women immigrants in order to reveal the differing ways that American racial categories and identities, particularly that of whiteness, were textually and socially constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Contents

List of Figures

Preface: Questioning Whiteness

1. Introduction: Race, Whiteness and Women Immigrants

2. Coming Into Whiteness: Mary Antin's Claim to Assimilation

3. "Why Couldn't We Have been Either One Thing or the Other?": Monolithic Identity and Ethnic Construction in the Fiction and Autobiography of Sui Sin Far

4. "This Hideous Little Pickaninny" and the Formation of Bohemian Whiteness: Race, Cultural Pluralism and Willa Cather's My Antonia

5. Epilogue: Assimilation and Re-Racialization of Immigrant Bodies

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Description: By Linda Joyce Brown. This work examines early twentieth-century literature about women immigrants in order to reveal the differing ways that American racial categories and identities, particularly that of whiteness, were textually and socially constructed at the beginning of...
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