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Description - Ethnic Modernisms by Delia Caparoso Konzett

This study explores a new understanding of modernism and ethnicity as put forward in the transnational and diasporic writings of Anzia Yezierska, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jean Rhys. In its selection of three modernists from apparently different cultural backgrounds, it is meant to make us rethink the role of modernism in terms of ethnicity and displacement. Konzett critiques the traditional understanding of the monocultural 'ethnic identity' often highlighted in the studies of these writers and argues that all three writers are better understood as ironic narrators of diaspora and movement and as avant-garde modernists. As a result, they offer an alternative aesthetics of modernism which is centered around the innovative narration of displacement. Her analysis of the complexities of language and form and impact of the complex and ambiguous formal styles of the three writers on the history of their reception is a model of the effective integration of formalist, historicist, and theoretical perspectives in literary criticism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312293451
ISBN-10: 0312293453
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Delia Caparoso Konzett

DELIA CAPAROSO KONZETT teaches film, drama, and literature at Yale University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the author of a number of articles on ethnic writing.