Transitive cultures: Anglophone literature of the transpacific

Christopher B. PATTERSON*

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Texts written by Southeast Asian migrants have often been read, taught, and studied under the label of multicultural literature. But what if the ideology of multiculturalism-with its emphasis on authenticity and identifiable cultural difference-is precisely what this literature resists?

Transitive Cultures offers a new perspective on transpacific Anglophone literature, revealing how these chameleonic writers enact a variety of hybrid, transnational identities and intimacies. Examining literature from Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, as well as from Southeast Asian migrants in Canada, Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland, this book considers how these authors use English strategically, as a means for building interethnic alliances and critiquing ruling power structures in both Southeast Asia and North America. Uncovering a wealth of texts from queer migrants, those who resist ethnic stereotypes, and those who feel few ties to their ostensible homelands, Transitive Cultures challenges conventional expectations regarding diaspora and minority writers.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9780813591896, 9780813591872, 9780813591889
ISBN (Print)9780813591902, 9780813591865
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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