Redefining American Identity emphasizes, in contrast to both the traditional and multicultural narratives, a third possibility for what has been at the core of America since the first moments of contact: cross-cultural transformation. By that ...
phrase, author Benjamin Railton means the way individuals and groups begin as part of relatively fixed cultural identities but experience complex shifts and transformations, across or through or toward other identities and cultures. The book examines five personal narratives of individuals who experienced such transformations, one from each century of post-contact America; this approach allows for both in-depth analyses of each text as well as broader connections to other contemporaneous figures and texts and across these fundamentally American lives.
Number of pages: 200
Date of publication: 24/03/2011
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