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Race Characters: Ethnic Literature and the Figure of the American Dream

Swati Rana


A vexed figure inhabits U.S. literature and culture: the visibly racialized immigrant who disavows minority identity and embraces the American dream. Such figures are potent and controversial, for they promise to expiate racial violence and perpetuate an exceptionalist ideal of America. Swati Rana grapples with these figures, building on studies of literary character and racial form. Rana offers a new way to view characterization through racialization that creates a fuller social reading of race. Situated in a nascent period of ethnic identification from 1900 to 1960, this book focuses on immi ... More

Keywords: Minority, American Dream, Character, Form, Characterization, Racialization, Race, Ethnic Literature, Contestation, Comparison

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469659473
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Swati Rana, author
University of California, Santa Barbara