An Ethics of Betrayal: The Politics of Otherness in Emergent by Crystal Parikh

By Crystal Parikh

In An Ethics of Betrayal, Crystal Parikh investigates the subject and tropes of betrayal and treason in Asian American and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural narratives. In contemplating betrayal from a moral viewpoint, one grounded within the theories of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, Parikh argues that the minority topic is obligated in a first-rate, preontological, and irrecusable relation of accountability to the opposite.

Episodes of betrayal and treason allegorize the placement of this topic, beholden to the numerous others who include the alterity of life and whose calls for upon the topic bring about transgressions of intimacy and loyalty.

In this primary significant comparative learn of narratives by way of and approximately Asian american citizens and Latinos, Parikh considers writings by way of Frank Chin, Gish Jen, Chang-rae Lee, Eric Liu, Américo Parades, and Richard Rodriguez, in addition to narratives in regards to the persecution of Wen Ho Lee and the rescue and go back of Elian González. via addressing the conflicts on the middle of filiality, the general public dimensions of language within the structure of minority "community," and the mercenary mobilizations of "model minority" prestige, An Ethics of Betrayal heavily engages the demanding situations of accomplishing ethnic and significant race reports according to the uncompromising and unromantic principles of justice, reciprocity, and moral society.

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