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Ana María Manzanas, Jesús Benito
Hybridity and Mimesis in American Literatures
Bd. 12, 2003, 224 S., 25.90 EUR, 25.90 CHF, br., ISBN 3-8258-6738-2
Intercultural Mediations proposes a study of the multiple crossings between and among the different literary traditions of the United States. The volume draws upon two main theoretical sources, namely postcolonial theory and American Border Studies, and aims to articulate a model of the hybrid, postcolonial and liminal nature of writing in the US. Ana Mª Manzanas and Jesús Benito explore the nature of the ëthnic" Others' appropriation, dialogization and Subversion of the Euroamerican authoritative discourse - embodied in what the authors call the Book of the West - as well as the inscription of cultural difference on the white page.
Ana Mª Manzanas is Associate Professor of American Studies at the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). Jesús Benito is Associate Professor of American Studies and Literary Theory at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). Manzanas and Benito have authored a book on Toni Morrison and James Baldwin (1994), and they have also edited and translated into Spanish works by African American writers such as Olaudah Equiano (1994), W. E. B. Du Bois (1995), Martin Luther King (1997) and Frederick Douglass (1999). Their more recent work includes the edition of two volumes of essays, Narratives of Resistance (1999) and Literature and Ethnicity in the Cultural Borderlands (2002).