The Ghosts Within

Literary Imaginations of Asian America

Janna Odabas

Transcript-Verlag

The Ghosts Within

Pub Date: August 2019

ISBN: 9783837644494

264 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $45.00

The Ghosts Within

Literary Imaginations of Asian America

Janna Odabas

Transcript-Verlag

The ghost as a literary figure has been interpreted in a variety of ways: spiritually, psychoanalytically, sociologically, or allegorically. Following these approaches, Janna Odabas understands ghosts in Asian American literature as self-reflexive figures. With identity politics at the core of the ghost concept, Odabas emphasizes how ghosts critically renegotiate the notion of Asian America as heterogeneous and transnational and resist interpretation through a morally or politically preconceived approach to Asian American literature. Responding to the tensions of the scholarly field, Odabas argues that the literary works under scrutiny openly play with and rethink conceptions of ghosts as mere exotic, ethnic ornamentation.

About the Author

Janna Odabas completed the program of the Graduate School of North American Studies at the Free University in Berlin. In 2014, she received the Young Scholar Excellence Award of the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA). Her work focuses on questions of identity and migration.