Redefining American Identity: From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack Obama by B. RailtonRedefining American Identity: From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack Obama by B. Railton

Redefining American Identity: From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack Obama

byB. Railton

Hardcover | March 24, 2011

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Using five personal narratives and in contrast to both the traditional and multicultural narratives, this book suggest cross-cultural transformation has been at the core of America since the first moments of contact.
BENJAMIN RAILTON Assistant Professor of American and Ethnic Literature at Fitchburg State College, USA.
Title:Redefining American Identity: From Cabeza de Vaca to Barack ObamaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:187 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.5 inPublished:March 24, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230112064

ISBN - 13:9780230112063


Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining Transformations Transformative Explorations: Cabeza de Vaca Changes His Skin Unsettling Transformations: Mary Rowlandson's Removes Revolutionary Transformations: Olaudah Equiano's Fortunate Vicissitudes Transformative Expansions: Sarah Winnemucca's Ideal Interpretations Transformative Mixtures: Gloria Anzaldúa's Hybrid Mosaic Conclusion: Electing Transformation

Editorial Reviews

“Benjamin Railton’s book offers a novel framework for understanding the formation of individual and national identity. Railton’s approach is fresh and compelling, and his textual readings are nuanced and persuasive. In all, the book contributes significantly to the scholarship in a variety of disciplines and interdisciplines, including American and ethnic studies, American literature, and American history.”—David S. Goldstein, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center and Senior Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell “There’s much to admire in the details of Ben Railton’s book, the illuminating analyses of figures as diverse as the early explorer Cabeza de Vaca and the American President Barack Obama, the surprising links Railton finds among those figures. But there’s still more to admire in the way Railton has defined his large topic of American identity, the freshness and capaciousness of that definition. Sometimes defining a topic is itself a significant intellectual accomplishment, and that’s what it is here; Railton’s definition will help us understand where we live.”—Lawrence Rosenwald, Professor of English, Wellesley College