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Surviving the Crossing

Book Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory ISBN: 9780203501399 9780415971188 9781138799059 9781135875510 9781135875503 9781135875466 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203501399 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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By examining the fiction of three women modernists--Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, and Nella Larsen--this book complicates binary paradigms of national, gender, and ethnic identities in the interwar period. In place of essentializing categories of identity, Jessica Rabin explores the liberating and dislocating ramifications of using multiple subject positions as a means of representing identity. While these three authors have been studied in non-intersecting categories (pioneer literature, high modernism, and the Harlem Renaissance, respectively), Jessica Rabin traces their similarities, showing how the dispersal of fixed identities are facilitated by the language of fiction.


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