An Ethics of Betrayal : The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literature and Culture

Crystal Parikh

WINNER! MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies from the Modern Language Association

Drawing on the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, An Ethics of Betrayal investigates the theme and tropes of betrayal and treason in Asian American and Chicano/Latino literary and cultural narratives. In this first major comparative study of narratives by and about Asian Americans and Latinos, Parikh considers writings by Frank Chin, Gish Jen, Chang-rae Lee, Eric Liu, Américo Parades, and Richard Rodriguez, as well as narratives about the persecution of Wen Ho Lee and the rescue and return of Elian González. By addressing the conflicts at the heart of filiality, the public dimensions of language in the constitution of minority “community,” and the mercenary mobilizations of “model minority” status, An Ethics of Betrayal seriously engages the challenges of conducting ethnic and critical race studies based on the uncompromising and unromantic ideas of justice, reciprocity, and ethical society.