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|Other Titles:||The Psyche of Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Queering Memory and Reproduction in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl and Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea|
|Authors:||Christopher B. Patterson|
Department of English, NTNU
|Abstract:||This paper explores how Larissa Lai’s novel Salt Fish Girl (2002) and Changrae Lee’s novel On Such a Full Sea (2014) use speculative tropes to unsettle the “post-racial” futures imagined through the tethering of neoliberalism and multiculturalism. By combining speculative elements with tropes of queer reproduction, both novelists forgo the racial identities that make individuals recognizable to neoliberal multiculturalism. Instead, these texts focus on how the bodies, talents, stories, and memories of racialized subjects become appropriated and reconstructed for the purpose of maintaining a multi-racial upper class. In this essay, we consider how these Asian diasporic speculative texts enact their critique of neoliberal multiculturalism and its instrumentalization of ethnic/diasporic memory through the deployment of speculative tropes of (queer) reproduction.|
|Appears in Collections:||Concentric: Studies in English Literature and Linguistics|
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