The American Dream in African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American Drama: August Wilson, Frank Chin, and Luis Valdez

The American Dream in African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American Drama: August Wilson, Frank Chin, and Luis Valdez

By: Tsui-Fen Jiang (author)Hardback

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This study examines the significance of the American dream in American ethnic drama. In August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson", Frank Chin's "The Chickencoop Chinaman", and Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit", the African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American playwrights rearticulate the definition of the American dream for American minority peoples - to rectify their internalized distorted self-image, to implant self-esteem, and to earn the due respect from whites and others.

Contents

I. Introduction; The American Dream for White Americans; The American Dream for Non-Whites; Literature Review and the New Look; The Representatives of African American, Asian (Chinese) American, and Hispanic (Chicano) American Dramas; II. The American Dream for African America in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson; The Misconceived Version of Whites' Material Dream; Major Characters' Dreams; Other Minor Characters' Dreams; The American Dream to Be Fulfilled by African Americans; The Wrong Attitude towards the Past; The Right Attitude; The Solidarity; III. The American Dream for Chinese America in Frank Chin's; The Chickencoop Chinaman; The American Nightmare Manifested in The Chickencoop Chinaman; The Past: Humiliation and Self-loathing; The Present: Escape and Substitution; The Fulfilling of the American Dream Promised; Recognition and Respect; The Interethnic Solidarity; IV. The American Dream for Chicano America in Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit; About Chicano or Chicana; The Distorted Subjectivity; Chicanos' American Nightmare: White Distortion; The Distortion Manipulated by the Press; The Distortion of the Law Enforcers; 3. The Way to the American Dream: A New Chicano Identity; The Indigenous Identity - El Pachuco; The Active Identity; The Dutiful Identity; 4. The Coalition; V. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773446564
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 180
  • ID: 9780773446564
  • ISBN10: 0773446567

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