Hughes locates the distinctively 'queer' elements in these two texts not in their subjects' sexual identities but in their general deracination
and 'their resultant acute sensitivity to the multi-identifiedness that subjectivity admits' (p.
Perhaps the ADL's addled stance--silence with regard to Busch, activism with regard to Haacke--should be seen as a sign of deep deracination
within the organization.
Was Vienna really a "borderland" where cultures clash and struggle for linguistic dominance and political power, where the deracination
of Jews in a dominant German speaking political context acts like the rootlessness of, let us say, Chicanos in Anglo Texas so as to produce extreme alienation and disorientation?
The last section in the collection obeys Stuart Hall's dictum to study differences in diasporic "blackness." Nathan Grant's study of innocence and ambiguity as themes in Charles Burnett's films foregrounds the tensions between "roots" and deracination
in black households and communities in Los Angeles.
Whether we read it as a lament for Old England, or a jeremiad against deracination
by worldwide market forces, England, England chills with the bleakness of its cultural panorama.
`Wherever imperialism sets foot, there is devastation, immiseration, deracination
-- and revolt.'
Self-conciousness turns out to be a deadly form of evolution, because individuals who reflect on their origins, query their place in time, dissect associations, question their convictions, impugn their natural authorities, and analyze their moral principles ultimately make the discovery that their alienating intelligence can win the victory of liberation (the absence of constraints and limits) only at the price of deracination
(the absence of roots and meaning).
This homing pattern, almost ubiqitous in modern Native novels, is perhaps crucial to finding tribal and individual roots after centuries of forced relocation and deracination
Indeed, that the writers in this volume savor food as much as they do is tribute to their ability to cope with such problems as generational conflict, deracination
, the devaluation of women's labor and anxieties about the female body.
of the School of Fontainebleau is but one example, but one which might have been addressed in this book.
Overall, what is most disappointing is Waller's apparent lack of interest in the complicated narrative of The Faerie Queene, or any of the other poems, which he, despite suffering 'the alienation and restlessness of the international academic' and 'the deracination
of the academic intellectual' (195), poor lamb, seems to believe he can decode with minimal effort.
But by extending the range and resonance of her appropriations of The Tempest into the province of contemporary social history, especially with respect to such concerns as underclass deracination
, dissident sexualities, and feminist self-assertion, Cliff's rewritings of the roles of Caliban, Ariel, and Miranda move beyond the meanings of both Shakespeare's Tempest and the often predictable, and arguably circular, rewritings of Retamar, Lamming, and Cesaire.