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spatial frame, and cul- tural diversity as the topical frame. The common aesthetics of global literature, urban fiction, and ethnic writing identified in this literary analysis are ‘the poet- ics of narrative,’ ‘the poetics of place,’ and ‘the poetics of code-switching.’ Thus, the three selected contemporary North American novels serve as examples of how an analysis by a ‘poetics of diverCity’ provides the opportunity to ana- lyze ethnic urban literature in a globalizing age in a structured way. 10 | DIVERCITY – GLOBAL CITIES AS A LITERARY PHENOMENON This

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different, role in each literary analysis. In this study, the poetics of narrative mainly concentrates on the novel’s gen- re, intertextuality, and narrative voice. In Native Speaker (1995), for example, different genre conventions, such as the immigrant novel, the spy thriller, and the detective story, are combined to maneuver outside literary and cultural catego- ries. In Tropic of Orange (1997), the story of Christopher Columbus’ conquest 206 | DIVERCITY – GLOBAL CITIES AS A LITERARY PHENOMENON of America is interspersed with elements of magic realism to parody

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Library of Congress. Stefanie Mueller received her PhD in American Studies from Goethe- Universität Frankfurt in 2011. She is the author of The Presence of the Past in the Novels of Toni Morrison (2013), which was nominated for the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize in 2015. The study explores Morrison’s later novels on the basis of both literary analysis and sociological theory, specifi- cally the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias. Her research interests also include TV Studies, Law and Literature, and the intersections of cul- 284 | POWER RELATIONS IN

have not concerned themselves. This has happened to nearly all four autobiographies that are presented here. Fugitive Borders addresses this gap. It builds on the existing historical and historiographical studies to provide a literary analysis of this original corpus of Black writing. It contains pioneering work by focusing on four relatively unknown autobiographies, including Richard Warren’s overlooked narrative. An analysis of less publicized texts extends the Canadian literary canon and challenges the dominant paradigm of the North American slave

: 340). This mutual reinforcement of material-economic and symbolic factors becomes strikingly visible in the intra-racial abjection evidenced in figu- rations of white trash. The role of literary analysis within the project of a class-conscious Critical Whiteness Studies, then, must be to trace the processes of signification and figuration that shape these structures, and to pay close attention to the moments where class and race confuse and distort each other. nated from an engagement with Marxist-materialist approaches to US history, including his own work

patience with the close reading practice of cultural texts. I must admit that I have found it rather difficult to gather empirical material with regard to my subject of analysis. The internet has been a valuable source, and I have been lucky enough to interview one of the most popular male confessional writers of the 1990s, Nick Hornby. By embedding literary analysis in a broader, socio-cultural inves- tigation of the 1990s I wish to address a readership interested in inter- disciplinary research. Therefore, the question of how much of the the- ory on which my

, narrowing the readership down to a se- lected group of specialists capable of understanding his analysis. This hy- brid approach oscillates between literary analysis, on the one hand, and the patronization of the reader ignorant to medical knowledge on the other hand: “These episodes are difficult to diagnose. Their gradual onset, long duration and ab- sence of movement argue against epilepsy. Paralysis is seen in cataplexy, but attacks are usually brief and consciousness is preserved. Psychiatric diseases such as schiz- ophrenia with catatonia or episodic

Conclusion The uncanny, as an emotion evoking fear and terror, has generated a multiplicity of forms and discourses in various disciplines ever since its first theorizations by Ernst Jentsch and Siegmund Freud. This multiplicity results from an openness that allows the uncanny to be many things at once: an emotional effect, a psychoanalytical symptom, an aesthetic category, a visual chimera, or a literary technique. The fact that Freud’s highly influential psychoanalytic study “The Uncanny” (1919) also contains an elaborate literary analysis of

text- and, more precisely, literature-centred cultural studies, this thesis combines the theories of Critical Whiteness Studies and the sociology of class with the methodology of literary analysis in order to trace tainted whiteness and its various guises in contemporary British literature. Such a methodologically complex and interdisciplinary approach is necessary in order to do justice to the overlaps and reciprocal 14 Brit ish White Trash relations between the various spheres and discourses that produce classed and raced subject positions. Thus, I take my

-generation immigrants is united in the struggle of a generational conflict, although the four protagonists are of diverse ethnic backgrounds, or a personal, marital, and professional crisis of an Asian American protagonist. The common aesthetics of global literature, urban fiction, and ethnic writing identified in this literary analysis are ‘the poetics of narrative,’ ‘the poetics of place,’ and ‘the poetics of code-switching.’ Thus, the three selected contempo- rary North American novels serve as examples of how an analysis by a ‘poetics of diverCity’ provides the opportunity