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An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture

Crystal Parikh


This book investigates the theme and tropes of betrayal and treason in Asian American and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural narratives. In considering betrayal from an ethical perspective, one grounded in the theories of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, the book argues that the minority subject is obligated in a primary, preontological, and irrecusable relation of responsibility to the Other. Episodes of betrayal and treason allegorize the position of this subject, beholden to the many others who embody the alterity of existence and whose demands upon the subject result in transgressio ... More

Keywords: betrayal, treason, Asian American literature, Latino literature, Frank Chin, Gish Jen, Chang-rae Lee, Eric Liu, Américo Paredes, Richard Rodriguez

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230426
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Crystal Parikh, author