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Josphine Nock-Hee Park

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190257668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190257668.001.0001

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Loving Freedom in Susan Choi’s The Foreign Student

Loving Freedom in Susan Choi’s The Foreign Student

(p.75) 3 Loving Freedom in Susan Choi’s The Foreign Student
Cold War Friendships

Josephine Nock-Hee Park

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 reads Susan Choi’s debut novel, The Foreign Student, a fictionalized account of her father’s wartime ordeal and experience as a foreign student in the American South. The foreign student is a key yet understudied figure of Cold War integration, and Choi’s foreign student is a wartime friendly who makes his way to the US, where he conducts an American romance that trumps the damaging political alliances of the war. The chapter analyzes Choi’s literary attempts to revise the history of the war as a means of enlivening her protagonist within its frame. She recuperates this deeply wounded friendly and transports him to America, but his successful romantic union is paired with a revelation of wartime betrayal that marks the limits of his integration.

Keywords:   The Foreign Student, Susan Choi, foreign student, international student, revisionist history, civil war

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