Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives (Paperback)

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Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives (Paperback)


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Unfastened examines literary works and films by Asian Americans and Asian Canadians that respond critically to globality—the condition in which traditional national, cultural, geographical, and economic boundaries have been—supposedly—surmounted. In this wide-ranging exploration, Eleanor Ty reveals how novelists such as Brian Ascalon Roley, Han Ong, Lydia Kwa, and Nora Okja Keller interrogate the theoretical freedom that globalization promises in their depiction of the underworld of crime and prostitution. She looks at the social critiques created by playwrights Betty Quan and Sunil Kuruvilla, who use figures of disability to accentuate the effects of marginality. Investigating works based on fantasy, Ty highlights the ways feminist writers Larissa Lai, Chitra Divakaruni, Hiromi Goto, and Ruth Ozeki employ myth, science fiction, and magic realism to provide alternatives to global capitalism. She notes that others, such as filmmaker Deepa Mehta and performers/dramatists Nadine Villasin and Nina Aquino, play with the multiple identities afforded to them by transcultural connections. Ultimately, Ty sees in these diverse narratives unfastened mobile subjects, heroes, and travelers who use everyday tactics to challenge inequitable circumstances in their lives brought about by globalization.

Eleanor Ty is professor of English and film studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She has published widely on Asian North American literature and film and on eighteenth-century British literature.

Product Details ISBN: 9780816665082
ISBN-10: 0816665087
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2010
Pages: 216
Language: English