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/ Crossing the Threshold of Asylum: Dominican and Cuban (Post)Refugee Narratives

April Shemak

in Asylum Speakers

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233557
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241194 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823233557.003.0006

Series: American Literatures Initiative

/ Crossing the Threshold of Asylum: Dominican and Cuban (Post)Refugee Narratives

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Central to this discussion is Gayatri Spivak's theorization of the post-1965 “New Immigrant” as native informant who becomes a site of metropolitan desire to “know” the Third World. As such, the New Immigrant has been cast as a bearer of authentic knowledge of the native space, resulting in “cultural museumization.” Spivak also traces the way in which immigrants, particularly elite Third World postcolonial critics in the U.S. academy, have served as native informants in metropolitan spaces. Some do so willingly, while others may be consigned to the position through institutional forces that cast them as “experts” on the Third World because of their origins. Spivak argues against the desire to see immigrants as informants on their native places.

Keywords: Gayatri Spivak; Dominican; Cuban; immigrants; Third World; informants

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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