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Dialectique de l'américanité et de l'ethnicité dans les représentations littéraires des personnages féminins : l'assimilation à l'épreuve de la fiction sino-américaine féminine (1965-2010)

Abstract : Between the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 21st, Chinese American minorities experienced the evolution of their social status from unassimilable aliens to model minorities. At the intersection of political, economic, cultural and social stakes, the Chinese and Chinese Americans were subjected to discriminatory measures such as the Chinese exclusion act (1882) and orientalist cultural representations (the yellow peril) which defended an exclusionary definition of assimilation, based on the refusal to integrate racial minorities in the definition of what it meant to be “American.” When the social movements of the 1960s allowed social, sexual and ethnic minorities to have their voices heard, the American mainstream society turned Chinese Americans into the embodiment of the American success story of integration and of the inclusiveness of American assimilation. This Ph.D. dissertation will explore the evolution and the tensions at the core of the assimilation process in the United States through the prism of the Chinese experience, and more specifically that of second generation female characters in works of fiction by Chinese American female authors (published between 1965 and 2010). We will focus on the way in which assimilation and Americanness are represented, contested and redefined in a syllabus of forty-one works of fiction.
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Juliette Ledru. Dialectique de l'américanité et de l'ethnicité dans les représentations littéraires des personnages féminins : l'assimilation à l'épreuve de la fiction sino-américaine féminine (1965-2010). Littératures. Université du Havre, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015LEHA0025⟩. ⟨tel-01668473⟩

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