Migrant Sites: America, Place, and Diaspora Literatures
Dartmouth College Press, 2009
Copyright © 2009, Dartmouth College Press
About the Book
In Migrant Sites, Dalia Kandiyoti presents a compelling corrective to the traditional immigrant and melting pot story. This original and wide-ranging study embraces Jewish, European, and Chicana/o and Puerto Rican literatures of migration and diasporization through the literary works of Abraham Cahan, Willa Cather, Estela Portillo Trambley, Sandra Cisneros, Piri Thomas, and Ernesto Quiñonez. The author offers a transformed understanding of the ways in which the sense of place shapes migration imaginaries in U.S. writing. Place is a crucial category, one that along with race, class, and gender, has a profound impact in shaping migration and diaspora identities and storytelling. Migrant Sites highlights enclosure as a prominent sense of place and translocality as its counterpart in diaspora experiences created in fiction. Repositioning national literature as diaspora literature, the author shows that migrant legacies such as colonialism, empire, borders, containment, and enclosure are part of the American story and constitute the “diaspora sense of place.”
About the Author
Dalia Kandiyoti is a professor of English at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island.
About the Electronic Publication
This electronic publication of Migrant Sites was made possible with the permission of the author. University Press of New England created EPUB, MOBI, and PDF files from a scanned copy of the book. The Dartmouth College Library Digital Production Unit created the HTML file and performed quality assurance.
Published with permission of Dalia Kandiyoti.
Dartmouth College Library assigns a Creative Commons BY-NC license to the digital work and associated web site.
Published by Dartmouth College Press (an imprint of the University Press of New England)
Hanover, 2009. ISBN 978-1-58465-846-7, 256 pages.
Print edition: PS374.I48 K36