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Title: Chronopoetics: Race, Time, and Narrative in Carlos Bulosan’s 'America Is in the Heart'
Authors: Wong, Sunn Shelley
Keywords: Carlos BulosanAsian American literatureAutobiographyNarrative formTimeRace
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Sunn Shelley Wong "Chronopoetics: Race, Time, and Narrative in Carlos Bulosan’s 'America Is in the Heart'" in: Leonardo Buonomo and Elisabetta Vezzosi (edited by) "Discourses of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom. Selected Papers from the 22nd AISNA Biennial International Conference", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015, pp.87-96
The essay examines the politics and poetics of time—specifically, the relationship between race, time, and narrative in Carlos Bulosan’s semi-autobiographical work America Is in the Heart. Through a reading of this text, I pursue both a more generalized discussion of the relationship between time and narrative (in the writing of both fiction and history) and the more specific ways in which processes of racialization inflect or rearticulate that relationship. At issue here is the formal challenge, or problem, of representing difference. How does reflecting on temporality tell us something about the limits and possibilities of representational forms? How, for example, has an historical repertoire of temporal constructions of racial otherness (predicated on a discourse of )evolutionary hierarchies) come to bear formally or ideologically on developmental narratives of subject formation?
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-88-8303-689-7
eISBN: 978-88-8303-690-3
Appears in Collections:Discourses of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom

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