American Migrant Fictions

Space, Narrative, Identity


In American Migrant Fictions: Space, Narrative, Identity, Sonia Weiner focuses on novels of five American migrant writers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, who construct spatial paradigms within their narratives to explore questions of linguistic diversity, identities and be-longings. By weaving visual techniques within their narratives (photography, comics, cartography) authors Aleksandar Hemon, G.B. Tran, Junot Díaz, Boris Fishman and Vikram Chandra convey a surplus of perspectives and gesture towards alternative spaces, spatial in-between-ness and transnational space.

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Sonia Weiner. Ph.D. (2007), Tel Aviv University, is a lecturer in American Literature at that university. She has published articles on migrant fiction and African American literature, and has writer the prefaces for several Hebrew translations of American literary texts.
List of Figures
Introduction: The Spatial Aesthetics of Transnationalism and Transligualism

1 Double Visions and Aesthetics of the Migratory: Aleksandar Hemon’s Lazarus Project

2 Cohesive Fragments: G.B. Trans’s Graphic Memoir Vietnamerica: A Family’s Journey

3 Shape Shifting and the Shifting of Shapes: Migration and Transformation in Junot Díaz’s Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

4 “Weathering the Divide Between There and Here”: In-between Spaces in Boris Fishman’s A Replacement Life

5 Translation and Transcreation in Vikram Chandra’s Red Earth and Pouring Rain

Scholars, post-and-undergraduate students & academic libraries interested in American migrant literature, transnationalism, bi- and multi-lingualism, space and place, Alexandar Hemon, Junot Diaz, G.B. Tran, Boris Fishman, Vikram Chandra.
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