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Hospitality in American Literature and Culture : Spaces, Bodies, Borders (Hardcover) (Ana Maria M.
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This volume examines hospitality in American immigrant literature and culture, situating this ancient virtue at the crossroads of space and border theory, and exploring the relationship among the intersecting themes of migration, citizenship, identity formation, and spatiality. Assessing the conditions, duration, and shifting roles of hosts and guests in the United States, the book concentrates on the ways the US administers protocols of belonging and non-belonging, and distinguishes between those who can feel at home from those who will always be outside the body politic, even if they were the original "hosts." The volume opens with a genealogy of hospitality through a focus on its sites, from its origins in the Greek world, to its national and post-national renditions in contemporary American literature and culture at a time when traditional place risks becoming under erasure. The authors explore recent representations of immigrant spatiality, from the space of the body in Spielberg’sThe Terminal and Frears’s Dirty Pretty Things, to the different ways in which immigrants are incorporated into the United States in Alex Rivera’sSleep Dealer, Karen T. Yama******a’s I Hotel (2010), Junot Díaz’s "Invierno," and Ernesto Quiñonez’sChango’s Fire, concluding with the spectrality of the immigrant body in George Saunders’ "The Semplica Girl Diaries." Timely and imperative in light of the legacies of colonialism, and the realities of modern-day globalization, this book will be of value to specialists in post-colonialism; American Studies; immigration, diaspora, and border studies; and critical race and gender studies for its innovative approaches to media and literary texts.