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By Karen Majewski

During Poland’s century-long partition and within the interwar interval of Poland's reemergence as a country, Polish writers on either side of the sea shared a preoccupation with nationwide id. Polish-American immigrant writers printed their chronic, passionate engagement with those concerns, as they used their paintings to outline and consolidate an basically transnational ethnic identification that was once either tied to Poland and self sufficient of it.

by means of introducing those different and forgotten works into the scholarly dialogue, Traitors and precise Poles recasts the literary panorama to incorporate the immigrant community’s personal competing visions of itself. The dialog among Polonia’s artistic voices illustrates how immigrants manipulated frequently tricky fiscal, social, and political realities to supply a spot for and a feeling of themselves. What emerges is a fuller photograph of yankee literature, one important to the construction of an ethnic consciousness.

this can be the 1st prolonged examine Polish-language fiction written through turn-of-the-century immigrants, a forgotten physique of yankee ethnic literature. Addressing a blind spot in our realizing of immigrant and ethnic identification and tradition, Traitors and real Poles demanding situations perceptions of a silent and passive Polish immigration through giving again its literary voice.

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