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Eleanor Ty

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040887

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040887.001.0001

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Gender, Post-9/11, and Ugly Feelings

Gender, Post-9/11, and Ugly Feelings

(p.115) Chapter 6 Gender, Post-9/11, and Ugly Feelings

Eleanor Ty

University of Illinois Press

This chapter studies two texts that use humor and irony to deal with broken dreams and with ugly feelings caused by the inability to perform the dominant culture's expectations of race and gender. The protagonists in Alex Gilvarry's postmodern novel From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant and in Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki's Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary struggle to dissolve rigid categories of masculinity, femininity, and race. They both want to lead the lives of ordinary Americans but are misrecognized, and have to work through cultural expectations generated by their brown bodies, answering to the hopes of their families and friends and to the fantasies created by literature, film, and media.

Keywords:   terrorism, postmodern novel, graphic novel, masculinity, South Asian American, Filipino American, 9/11, historiographic metafiction, Alex Gilvarry, Keshni Kashyap, Mari Araki

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