(12) Jewish American literary history was in this sense a product of paradox, both new and old, new in its Americanness
and old in its Jewishness, hence (in part) Altneuland.
So, very early, black Americans there have become synonymous with Americanness
, which is to say more closely aligned with oppressing than being oppressed.
Meanwhile, Silvio Torres-Saillant casts doubt on readings that claim Diaz as a Dominican writer, highlighting the novelist's universal outlook, or his place within "non-Dominican systems of significance and larger sites of knowledge of the human experience" ("Artistry, Ancestry, and Americanness
in the Works of Junot Diaz," 119).
The focus here is largely on the relationship between the folk revivalists and the American propaganda machine that naturally resulted from Depression-era efforts by performers like Woody Guthrie and organizers like Alan Lomax to connect folk music with Americanness
. Donaldson gives special attention to Lomax's radio program Folk Music of America, but also discusses other civic programs like the Radio Research Project, which emphasized the patriotic side of folk music more overtly than did the revivalists during the Depression.
Also available, although not on view, was the photographic edition The Godmother and Mickey's: A color photograph of the artist, a cigarette drooping from her mouth, wearing mirrored sunglasses and clutching two paint-spattered stuffed Mickeys, advertised the exhibition while riffing on Pensato's Sicilian roots (via the classic film that stereotyped the people of that region)--interjecting the discourse on ethnicity and Americanness
that runs throughout the artist's oeuvre.
And because of that, my Americanness
, unlike that of Saul Bellow's Augie March, once triggered something of a national debate back in Russia.
The persistence of this vision of Wayne and its accompanying assumptions about his abiding Americanness
, Meeuf argues, obscures the complex relationship between Wayne's "star text" and the expansion of global capitalism in the immediate postwar period, and especially how the deployment of his image around the world mirrored the contemporary transformations of accepted forms of masculinity.
It does not try to be a book about Native Americans, but about Native Americanness
, or at least the way Carter perceived it.
Far more than a study of a single song, the book addresses everything from "shifting ideas about the role of the composer and performer in popular music" to "intervention and war, assimilation and acceptance of outsiders, the rise of the ideological Right, rifts between generations, and definitions of Americanness
That is because America did not ask immigrants to choose between their ethnic-cultural-religious frameworks and their "Americanness
." Host countries have the right to demand loyalty to the security of the state and the rule of law from their new immigrants, but they must allow them to assimilate at their own pace aided by opportunity, inclusion, trust and respect.
More specifically, Ford's main novelistic project, the Bascombe trilogy, composed of The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995) and The Lay of the Land (2006), investigates different discourses of 'Americanness
', and in doing so, proposes possible cultural identity models, attending to a variety of social categories.
She is the author of Performing Americanness
: Race, Class, and Gender in Modern African-American and Jewish-American Literature (Dartmouth College Press, 2008), the editor of Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East Side: Narratives Out of Time (SUNY Press, 2013), and her articles have appeared in numerous venues, such as Cultural Studies, African American Review, MELUS, Journal of American Studies, and Legacy.