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Modern Minority: Asian American Literature and Everyday Life

Yoon Sun Lee


The modern everyday and twentieth-century Asian American writing are closely intertwined: Asian American writing is shaped by a desire for modernity and an ambivalence about the modern everyday. The everyday consists in a way of keeping time, of counting and noticing the recurrence of things; and it gives rise to a sense of the familiar and the small that can suddenly become uncanny. Asian American writing reveals the twentieth century's assembly lines and mass-produced commodities; but it also discovers the modern everyday as a set of shapes, forms, and sizes. Modernity is not always encounte ... More

Keywords: everyday, modernity, Asian American, minor, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199915835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yoon Sun Lee, author
Wellesley College