The Literature of Immigration and Racial Formation

Becoming White, Becoming Other, Becoming American in the Late Progressive Era

By Linda Joyce Brown

© 2004 – Routledge

160 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415649759
pub: 2012-09-10
Hardback: 9780415949316
pub: 2004-06-24

About the Book

This work examines early twentieth-century literature about women immigrants in order to reveal the differing ways that American racial categories and identities, particularly that of whiteness, were textually and socially constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface: Questioning Whiteness

1. Introduction: Race, Whiteness and Women Immigrants

2. Coming Into Whiteness: Mary Antin's Claim to Assimilation

3. "Why Couldn't We Have been Either One Thing or the Other?": Monolithic Identity and Ethnic Construction in the Fiction and Autobiography of Sui Sin Far

4. "This Hideous Little Pickaninny" and the Formation of Bohemian Whiteness: Race, Cultural Pluralism and Willa Cather's My Antonia

5. Epilogue: Assimilation and Re-Racialization of Immigrant Bodies

About the Series

Studies in American Popular History and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / United States / General
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century