Ngai's remarkable work on immigration policy in the era of the quota system is an important exception, for she examines both the discourses of alienness
and of race, arguing that the quota laws and the ways the U.
Like language, physical difference also was supposed to mark immigrants' alienness.
60) Such guesswork was made more difficult because foreignness and alienness were not necessarily the same thing.
If Miller is right to claim that Rossetti is a poet caught in crisis, we must also remember that this crisis is of the poet's making: the vase's atemporality, its mystery, its alienness
to poetry are in fact created by that poem, coming from within poetic language rather than from some visual without.
54) Immediately after Odysseus has mentioned the club as the instrument of punishment, he proceeds to tame its alienness
by appropriating it to his own cultural apparatus: the club, it turns out, resembles "the mast of a pitch-black ship" similar to the one in which Odysseus sailed in his journey from Troy.
And even in his own way of seeing, White admits his emphasis is not on the foreignness of the text; its alienness
may be his starting point but it does not take emphasis; it is rather that which he "overcomes" by making sense in his own language, by connecting its life with his/our own, "to make an old text present in our world" (44).
9) Yet her father was an Irish novelist and, although she admits he knew little Irish and that she herself knows even less, there is enough alienness
in her to make her refuse univocal monolinguism.
We felt ourselves--for reasons arising from our alienness
, our poverty, arrogance, and stubbornness--on the margins of British social life.
The contact motif in The Left Hand of Darkness places a lone human among a planet of aliens, revealing inevitably that alienness
is a social construction: the Gethenians see themselves as normal and read Genly's alien sexual biology as perversion.
Whether as unconscious threat, as unimagined ancestry, or as real oppression, the unresolved meaning of blackness stands as the question mark, of all of our Eurocentric categories of alienness
and enmity in the modern world, that most puts its North American inquirers in question.
For Fallin' and Once Upon the Time, both 1999, the compact scenes of autumn woods and a forest at night move past the burdens of landscape and take on the persistent alienness
of a flashback to something that cannot be fully remembered, each cut conveying the overwhelming task of representation, bound to fail.
25) The often negative reception of Katz's parodies by fellow Jews working in the entertainment industry made it clear that in the 50s the memory of such theories--racialized anti-Jewish discourse and the belief in the immutably impure racial alienness
of the Jew--was still a viable factor within the American ethno-racial imagination.
Like few poets writing today, Mackey both dwells within language, in all of its cultural, historical, and aural resonances, and is simultaneously aware - not without discomfort - of the human being's alienness
to language, our irrevocable and irremediable diaspora or exile from some cultural origin, or some Adamic state of coincidence with the world to which our words correspond.
Asking how "we" can tell the difference between a human and a replicant, and what the rights of a replicant might be, Blade Runner is really preoccupied with the alienness
of blacks and whites to one another, and the inhumanity of whites to blacks.
As the story opens, we get a glimpse of T'Gatoi's species alienness
through the sterile eggs her sisters have presented to Gan's family, her "long, velvet underside," reference to her numerous legs, and her coldness, combined with an intelligence that allows her to communicate with humans verbally.