Confluence Narratives: Ethnicity, History, and Nation-Making by Antonio Luciano de Andrade Tosta

By Antonio Luciano de Andrade Tosta

Confluence Narratives: Ethnicity, background and Nation-Making within the Americas explores how a set of latest novels calls recognition to the influence of ethnicity on nationwide identities within the Americas. those historic narratives painting the cultural encounters—the conflicts and alliances, peaceable borrowings and violent seizures—that have characterised the background of the yank continents because the colonial interval. within the moment half the 20 th century, North and South American readers have witnessed a gradual output of novels that revisit moments of cultural confluence as a method of revising nationwide histories. Confluence Narratives proposes that those old novels, released in such locations as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, the U.S., and Canada, make up a key literary style within the Americas. The style hyperlinks some of the components of the hemisphere jointly via 3 universal old reviews: colonization, slavery, and immigration. Luciano Tosta demonstrates how quite a few texts from the us, Canada, Spanish the United States, the Caribbean, and Brazil fall into the style. The ebook specializes in 4 case reviews from ethnic teams within the Americas: Amerindians, Afro-descendants, Jewish american citizens, and jap american citizens. Tosta makes use of the adventure of the yankee international locations as a springboard to problematize the idea that of the modern country, an identification marked by way of border-crossings and different studies of deterritorialization. in accordance with the exploration of “confluence narratives,” Tosta argues that the “contemporary” country isn't as modern as one might imagine. proficient by means of postcolonial thought and transnational and ethnic reports, this ebook deals an enormous comparative examine for and of inter-American literature. Its research of the illustration of cultural encounters inside distinct nationwide histories underscores the advanced nature of ‘otherness’ within the Americas, in addition to the inherently transcultural element of a trans-continental American identity.

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