Body, Nation, And Narrative In The Americas by K. PittBody, Nation, And Narrative In The Americas by K. Pitt

Body, Nation, And Narrative In The Americas

byK. Pitt, Kristin E Pitt

Hardcover | January 19, 2011

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This book contextualizes 21st century representations of disappearance, torture, and detention within a historical framework of inter-American narratives. Examining a range of sources, Pitt finds a persistent focus on the body that links contemporary practices of political terror to concerns about corporality and sovereignty.
KRISTIN E. PITT Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
Title:Body, Nation, And Narrative In The AmericasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:211 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.7 inPublished:January 19, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230107133

ISBN - 13:9780230107137

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Disappearing Citizens Buried Citizens: Landing a Nation in José de Alencar and Nathaniel Hawthorne Lost Citizens: Memory and Mourning in William Faulkner and Elena Garro Tortured Citizens: Terror and Dissidence in Luisa Valenzuela and Edwidge Danticat Postscript: Dissapperaing Threats: Reflections on Security, Immigration, and Detention

Editorial Reviews

"Pitt's comparative analyses of the literary narratives drawn together in Body, Nation, and Narrative in the Americas enriches and deepens our understanding of the vexed relations between bodies, communities, citizens, and nation-states. Setting out from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance and concluding with Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker, she herself weaves an astute and compelling narrative of the roles of literal and figurative bodies in the modern nation. The opening and closing chapters insightfully draw our attention to 'disappeared bodies' not only in literary narratives but also to the only-too-literally disappeared, violated, and tortured bodies of the present. A richly written and important contribution." - Mary N. Layoun, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison