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Midterm Study Guide - Jeff Tagami The Labor of Love Level...

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Jeff Tagami – The Labor of Love • Level 1: mother-son relationship, mutual care, tender, in nature, organic (masculinity performed as a “son”) • Level 2: irony in term “labor”--love but also migrant work; women as field hands, picking apples • Level 3: irony in symbolic reversal; innocence in scene contrast to Genesis and Eve and apple • Level 4: “internal colonialism”; “unskilled labor,” “subsistence work,” U.S. colonial history in Philippines and Filipino presence in US Li-Young Lee – The Cleaving •The City In Which I Love You, 1990 •B. 1957, Jakarta, Indonesia •Arrived US 1964 •Poet Laureate, Illinois Racial Formation: “The Cleaving” •Epic: Nation identity. Community history. Weaving of rich components of social elements. New and heroic integration of multiple stories toward a unified collective story •Influence of Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass: American poetics(“free verse”); Biblical images; rhetorical devices (repetition, varying long and short lines, metaphorical imagination, associative meanings); and the place of the “I” as sublime/central. •Eating: devouring, consuming, union, ingesting, taking in, (Destruction & Generation: dual aspects of life and nature) Cleaving: to join, marry, assimilate, cling to & to hack apart, separate by violence (Sameness & Difference) Vince Gotera – The First Mango Matsuye Yamada – Guilt on Both Counts •Born in Japan (while her issei parents visiting Japan; raised in Seattle) •Father prominent poet in the Japanese-American community (Senryu Society)
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