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By Rita Keresztesi

Strangers at Home reframes the way in which we conceive of the modernist literature that seemed within the interval among the 2 global wars. This provocative paintings exhibits physique of texts written by way of ethnic writers in this interval poses a problem to traditional notions of the United States and American modernism. via attractive with modernist literary stories from the views of minority discourse, postcolonial stories, and postmodern concept, Rita Keresztesi questions the validity of modernism's declare to the neutrality of tradition. She argues that literary modernism grew out of a prejudiced, racially biased, and sometimes xenophobic old context that necessitated a politically conservative and slim definition of modernism in the US. With the altering racial, ethnic, and cultural make-up of the kingdom in the course of the interwar period, literary modernism additionally replaced its shape and content.
Contesting conventional notions of literary modernism, Keresztesi examines American modernism from an ethnic standpoint within the works of Harlem Renaissance, immigrant, and local American writers. She discusses such authors as Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Anzia Yezierska, Henry Roth, Josephina Niggli, Mourning Dove, D’Arcy McNickle, and John Joseph Mathews, between others. Strangers at Home makes a persuasive argument for increasing our knowing of the writers themselves in addition to the concept that of modernism because it is presently defined.

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