They found them--their literature, their Americanness
, and their Jewishness--too conventional, too stodgy, too genteel.
Well, if you're going to talk about "evolutions" of blackness and Americanness
in the 20th century, I think you can't not talk about things like class mobility, both up and down.
In a chapter on two anti-communist films of the 1950s, Big Jim McLain and Jet Pilot, he convincingly develops his thesis about Wayne's projection of Americanness
as consumerist modernity as opposed to military might.
"The book isn't about Native Americanness
, it's about a teenager or young person who happens to be Native American.
Regardless of the artist's intention, his creature stands in these novels for something else, and I agree with many critics, commentators and readers that Ford's character represents one of the finest embodiments of Americanness
in contemporary US fiction.
He asserts that African American Muslims prefer Arabic words like al-Islam to authenticate themselves as Muslims, while immigrants prefer English words such as "God" to authenticate their Americanness
, again without evidence (p.
From Coveralls to Zoot Suits accentuates the ways in which Mexican American women "outwardly challenged the vision of American commonality by embracing a womanhood that emphasized cultural difference." At the same time, it points to Mexican Americans' Americanness
, particularly their hyphenated Americanness
: Escobedo concludes,
Part one looks at identity: theoretical models for Southeast Asian identity, gender identity and masculinity in Asian American fraternities, identity construction as Chinese American and Fillipino American, engaging culture and identity in graduate education, naming Asian Americanness
and student development research, and the role of critical theory in Pacific Islander indigeneity.
The fact that our trip coincided with Independence Day underscored a certain Americanness
in the work's grand scale and location.
Two strong themes emerge from all of the stories: the women's ownership of both their faith and their Americanness
, and the challenges of growing up bicultural.
is discursively and ideologically pitted against Arab-Islamic culture, Berman demonstrates the extent to which notions like "Americanness
" and "Arabness" are discursive effects of the erasure of cross-cultural contact, fertilization, or (depending on how one sees it) contamination.
Weingrad adds a fine and detailed discussion of what came to be called, americaniyut, Americanness
Literary epics such as Silkiner's Mul Ohel Timurah (1910; Before the tent of Timurah), Efros's Vigamim Shotqim (1933; Silent wigams), and Lisitzky's Medurot do'akhot (1937; Dying campfires) are different, and yet all of the poems discovered are connected to what was Americanness
. In this fascination with American Indians, poets discovered, connected, immersed, and dissolved into the American experience of immigration and European colonization.
Thus, the international "traveling," Davis argues, cannot be categorized as Western cultural imperialism, because it was never simply consumed by passive women in new contexts - it was constantly being interrogated and re-articulated, stripped of its "Americanness
" in an effort to make it culturally relevant, politically oppositional and empowering to women in distinct contexts.
A more extensive treatment of this correlation might have helped to tease out questions about the extent to which the "we" Lawson identifies in the blues was truly evidence of a newfound Americanness
, an adapted expression of race consciousness, or an inseparable tangle of the two.