The local and the global: Gina Nahai and the taking up of serpents and stereotypes

Yousaf, N. ORCID: 0000-0003-2806-8624, 2007. The local and the global: Gina Nahai and the taking up of serpents and stereotypes. Journal of American Studies, 41 (2), pp. 307-330. ISSN 0021-8758

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Region, home and transnational migration are explored in terms of the transcultural complexities that reverberate through Iranian American Gina Nahai's Sunday's Silence. Nahai grapples with stereotypes that attach to the Holiness churches in the east Tennessee region of Appalachia. This essay argues that the novel's politics rest on the intersubjectivity of strangers as bound into a metaphysics of desire. It is through this paradigm that Nahai writes against the reductive association of “minority” literature with discrete “national” models and through which she explores the local and the regional in a culturally complex narrative about the crisis of alterity.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of American Studies
Creators: Yousaf, N.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Cambridge
Date: 2007
Volume: 41
Number: 2
ISSN: 0021-8758
Rights: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2007
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:20
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 16:03

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