Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism by Paula M. L. MoyaReclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism by Paula M. L. Moya

Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism

EditorPaula M. L. Moya, Michael R. Hames-García

Paperback | December 14, 2000

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"Identity" is one of the most hotly debated topics in literary theory and cultural studies. This bold and groundbreaking collection of ten essays argues that identity is not just socially constructed but has real epistemic and political consequences for how people experience the world. Advocating a "postpositivist realist" approach to identity, the essays examine the ways in which theory, politics, and activism clash with or complement each other, providing an alternative to the widely influential postmodernist understandings of identity. Although theoretical in orientation, this dynamic collection deals with specific social groups#151;Chicanas/os, African Americans, gay men and lesbians, Asian Americans, and others#151;and concrete social issues directly related to race, ethnicity, sexuality, epistemology, and political resistance.

Satya Mohanty's brilliant exegesis of Toni Morrison'sBelovedserves as a launching pad for the collection. The essays that follow, written by prominent and up-and-coming scholars, address a range of topics#151;from the writings of Cherrie Moraga, Franz Fanon, Joy Kogawa, and Michael Nava to the controversy surrounding racial program housing on college campuses#151;and work toward a truly interdisciplinary approach to identity.

Paula M. L. Moyais Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University.Michael R. Hames-Garciais Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Binghamton.
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Title:Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of PostmodernismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 14, 2000Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520223497

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