This volume seeks to weave applications of the dynamic concept of resonance to ethnic studies. Resonance refers to the ever broadening, multidirectional effects of movement or action, a concept significant for many disciplines. The individual chapters exchange the concept of static "intertextuality" for that of interactive "resonance," which encourages consideration of the mutual and processual influences among readings, paradigms, and social engagement in cultural analysis. International scholars of literary and cultural studies, linguistics, history, politics, or ethno-environmental studies contribute their work in this volume. Each chapter examines a specific ethnic phenomenon in terms of relevant literature, lived experience and theoretical approaches, or historical intervention, relating the given case study to parameters of resonance. The book offers dialogic transnational interchange, a play of eclectic ethnic voices, inquiries, perspectives, and differences. The studies in this interdisciplinary volume show that – through resonant engagement with(in) and between works – literary production can both enhance and disturb cultural narratives of ethnicity.
Table of Contents
Introduction by editors Yiorgos Kalogeras and Cathy C. Waegner: Ethnic Resonances as Active Engagement
- Reverberations and Dissonance in Performance and Active Memorialization
- Oscillations in Literature
- Re-Sounding Identities
1. Tingting Hui, In Search of Translational Resonance with Patel and Rau’s Stage Work Who am I? Think Again
2. Aikaterini Delikonstantinidou, Luis Alfaro’s Chicano Take on Electra: A Barrio-Bound Electricidad
3. Raúl Rubio, Cuban Resonances: Artistic Disobedience and Mediated Dissent in Contemporary Cuba
4. László Munteán, Shockwave Memories: Multidirectional Sites of the Holocaust in Budapest
5. Monica Manolachi, Multiethnic Resonances in Derek Walcott’s Poetry
6. Angelika Köhler, Resonances of a "Vanished" Past: Kathleen Alcalá’s Fictional Reconstruction of Ópata Culture in The Flower in the Skull
7. Weronika Suchacka, "Recalling the Absent Spaces": Ethnic Heritage and Memory in Marusya Bociurkiw’s Works
8. Chrysovalantis Kampragkos, The Recurrence of African American Political Violence in Literature
9. Maura Hanrahan, An Indigenous Attempt at Re-Imagining: The Participation of the Newfoundland Mi’kmaq in Europe’s Great War
10. Dorothea Fischer-Hornung, "I would write with Mt. Fujiyama in view": Japan as Resonating Space for the Writing of Katherine Dunham’s A Touch of Innocence: Memoirs of Childhood
11. Linda Manney, Discourse Resonance: Metaphor, Irony and the Concept of School in The Autobiography of Malcolm X
12. Łukasz Sommer, Echoes of Invented Pasts: Ethnic Self-Images in Estonian Culture
Yiorgos Kalogeras is Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has published articles and has edited volumes on the Greek presence in the USA. His most recent co-edited collection is Racial and Ethnic Identities in the Media (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016). He is the President of MESEA.
Cathy C. Waegner taught American Studies at the University of Siegen in Germany until her retirement in 2013. She edited Mediating Indianness (Michigan State UP, 2015), as well as co-edited and published in volumes on diasporic ethnicities, transculturality, and (forthcoming, Lexington Books) aesthetic and activist interventions in migration.