TITLE

Dismantling Bellicose Identities: Strategic Language Games in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's DICTEE

AUTHOR(S)
Hee-Jung Serenity Joo; Lux, Christina
PUB. DATE
January 2012
SOURCE
Journal of Transnational American Studies;2012, Vol. 4 Issue 1, preceding p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
This essay argues that Cha's DICTEE trains the reader in strategic language games in order to resist bellicose identities. It engages contemporary studies of multilingual literature in the United States, challenging overly optimistic visions of an inclusive cosmopolitanism that elides problems of gender, race, class, and nation. Sau-ling Wong's "Denationalization Reconsidered" is used to examine these issues in relation to defense funding, language policies, and historical tensions between ethnic studies and area studies in the US. As this essay posits, Cha addressed many of Wong's concerns avant la lettre.
ACCESSION #
91534935

 

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