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Minor Transnationalismby Lionnet
Synopses & Reviews
Minor Transnationalism moves beyond a binary model of minority cultural formations that often dominates contemporary cultural and postcolonial studies. Where that model presupposes that minorities necessarily and continuously engage with and against majority cultures in a vertical relationship of assimilation and opposition, this volume brings together case studies that reveal a much more varied terrain of minority interactions with both majority cultures and other minorities. The contributors recognize the persistence of colonial power relations and the power of global capital, attend to the inherent complexity of minor expressive cultures, and engage with multiple linguistic formations as they bring postcolonial minor cultural formations across national boundaries into productive comparison.
Based in a broad range of fieldsandmdash;including literature, history, African studies, Asian American studies, Asian studies, French and francophone studies, and Latin American studiesandmdash;the contributors complicate ideas of minority cultural formations and challenge the notion that transnationalism is necessarily a homogenizing force. They cover topics as diverse as competing versions of Chinese womanhood; American rockabilly music in Japan; the trope of mestizaje in Chicano art and culture; dub poetry radio broadcasts in Jamaica; creole theater in Mauritius; and race relations in Salvador, Brazil. Together, they point toward a new theoretical vocabulary, one capacious enough to capture the almost infinitely complex experiences of minority groups and positions in a transnational world.
Contributors. Moradewun Adejunmobi, Ali Behdad, Michael Bourdaghs, Suzanne Gearhart, Susan Koshy, Franandccedil;oise Lionnet, Seiji M. Lippit, Elizabeth Marchant, Kathleen McHugh, David Palumbo-Liu, Rafael Pandeacute;rez-Torres, Jenny Sharpe, Shu-mei Shih , Tyler Stovall
This collection of essays investigates the importance of "minor discourses" and minority cultures across national boundaries.
About the Author
Franandccedil;oise Lionnet is Chair of French and Francophone Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Postcolonial Representations: Women, Literature, Identity.
Shu-mei Shih is Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature, and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Lure of the Modern: Writing Modernism in Semicolonial China, 1917andndash;1937.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thinking through the Minor, Transnationally / Franandccedil;oise Lionnet and Shu-Mei Shih 1
Inclusions: Psychoanalysis, Transnationalism, and Minority Cultures / Suzanne Gearhart 27
Rational and Irrational Choices: Form, Affect and Ethics / David Palumbo-Liu 41
Toward an Ethics of Transnational Encounters, or, andquot;Whenandquot; does a andquot;Chineseandquot; Woman Become a andquot;Feministandquot;? / Shu-Mei Shih 73
The Postmodern Subaltern: Globalization Theory and the Subject of Ethnic, Area and Postcolonial Studies / Susan Koshy 109
Murder in Montmartre: Race, Sex, and Crime in Jazz Age Paris / Tyler Stovall 135
Giving andquot;Minorandquot; Pasts a Future: Narrating History in Transnational Cinematic Autobiography / Kathleen McHugh 155
Major and Minor Discourses of the Vernacular: Discrepant African Histories / Moradewun Adejunmobi 179
III. Reading, Writing, Performing
Transcolonial Translations: Shakespeare in Mauritius / Franandccedil;oise Lionnet 201
Postcolonial Theory and the Predicament of andquot;Minor Literatureandquot; / Ali Behdad 223
The Calm Beauty of Japan at Almost the Speed of Sound: Sakamoto Kyu and the Translations of Rockabilly / Michael K. Bourdaghs 237
Cartographies of Globalization, Technologies of Gendered Subjectivities: The Dub Poetry of Jean andquot;Bintaandquot; Breeze / Jenny Sharpe 261
The Double Logic of Minor Spaces / Seiji M. Lippit 283
National Space as Minor Space: Afro-Brazilian Culture and the Pelourinho / Elizabeth A. Marchant 301
Alternate Geographies and the Melancholy of Mestizaje / Rafael Perez-Torres 317
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