Impossibilized subjects in Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men: Thoughts on migrancy and the state of exception

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Abstract

This essay discusses Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men as a text devoted to the meticulous representation of the migrant and immigrant subject before the law, taking seriously the idea, articulated by the narrative's mother figure, that migrant or immigrant life in the United States involves existing in a constant "state of emergency," and offering a closer look at border space as a realm of enforced law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-118
Number of pages16
JournalMosaic
Volume43
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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