The Poetics and Politics of Hospitality in U.S. Literature and Culture


The Poetics and Politics of Hospitality in U.S. Literature and Culture explores hospitality in a range of cultural expressions from a variety of approaches. The authors analyze and discuss forms of hospitality in canonical literature, ethnic literatures, language or movies. These span from the classical to the contemporary and include a focus on language, power, hybridism, and sociology. The common theme in these contributions is that of American identity. By looking at a diversity of representations of American culture, using a multiplicity of approaches, the authors convey the richness of American hospitality as a vital aspect of its culture.

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Amanda Ellen Gerke is Assistant Professor at the University of Salamanca. She has published articles on values transmitted through written texts, the reciprocal relationship between language and its users, developments in concepts of ‘linguistic space’, sociolinguistic approaches to code-switching in written and spoken texts, and cognitive and semiotic theory.

Patricia San José Rico, Ph.D. (2013), University of Valladolid, Spain, is Assistant Professor there. She has published mainly on Trauma and African American literature, including Creating Memory and Cultural Identity in African American Trauma Fiction (Brill 2019).

Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan is Senior Lecturer at the University of Valladolid. He has published extensively on the relations between Spanish and American literatures and on the short story. His research interests include American literature of the Romantic and Modernist periods.
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1 Introduction: Hospitality in American Literature and Culture
Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan, Amanda Ellen Gerke and Patricia San José Rico
2 Hospitality from Below? Native Americans in the Host-Guest Binary
Puspa Damai
3 Language Interaction and Hospitality: Combating the Hosted-Host Figure
Amanda Ellen Gerke
4 Latino Immigrants at the Threshold: a Sociolinguistic Approach to Hospitality in US Barriocentric Narratives
Luisa María González Rodríguez
5 (In)Hospitable Languages and Linguistic Hospitality in Hyphenated American Literature: the Case of Ha Jin
José R. Ibáñez
6 The Contention for Jollity and Gloom: Hospitality in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Historical Short Fiction
Santiago Rodríguez Guerrero-Strachan
7 (In)Hospitable Encounters in Herman Melville’s Clarel
Laura López Peña
8 Eating, Ethics, and Strangers: Hospitality and Food in Ruth Ozeki’s Novels
Cristina Garrigós
9 “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”: the Relation between Race and Hospitality in the Irish-American Experience and its Literary Representation  Patricia San José Rico
10 Hospitality Rituals and Caribbean Migrants: Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood, Ana Lydia Vega’s “Encancaranublado,” and Francisco Goldman’s The Ordinary Seaman
Ana María Manzanas Calvo
11 Tim Z. Hernandez’s Mañana Means Heaven: Love on the Road and the Challenge of Multicultural Hospitality
Maria Antònia Oliver-Rotger
12 “Parasites in a Host Country”: Migrants, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Other Zombies in The Walking Dead
Ángel Mateos-Aparicio and Jesús Benito Sánchez

Scholars and graduate students interested in theories of hospitality, migration, American literature, American culture and language, film and literary analysis.
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