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Crossing borders and queering citizenship

Civic reading practice in contemporary American and Canadian writing

By Zalfa Feghali

Crossing borders and queering citizenship
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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3447-9
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: April 2019
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Civil rights & citizenship, Contemporary Literature, Literature, Civics & citizenship, LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory, LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian, LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship, United States of America, USA, Canada, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Gay & Lesbian Studies
  • Series: Contemporary American and Canadian Writers

Description

Can reading make us better citizens? In Crossing borders and queering citizenship, Feghali crafts a sophisticated theoretical framework to theorise how the act of reading can contribute to the queering of contemporary citizenship in North America. Providing sensitive and convincing readings of work by both popular and niche authors, including Gloria Anzaldúa, Dorothy Allison, Gregory Scofield, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Erín Moure, Junot Díaz, and Yann Martel, this book is the first to not only read these authors together, but also to discuss how each powerfully resists the exclusionary work of state-sanctioned citizenship in the U.S. and Canada. This book convincingly draws connections between queer theory, citizenship studies, and border studies and sheds light on how these connections can reframe our understanding of American Studies.

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