Hollywood's Hawaii: Race, Nation, and War (Rutgers UP 2017)

"This book covers an entire history of 'Hollywood Hawaii' and does it in a superlative, utterly inclusive manner—in a text that is clear, concise, and deeply informative. This is a model of accessible, yet reliable scholarship."  --Wheeler Winston Dixon, the james ryan professor of film studies at the university of nebraska, author of Black and White Cinema: A Short History 
"A marvelously comprehensive gaze at cinematic representations of Hawai`i, this insightful study shows how those fictions constitute and are constituted by US imperialism, Christian capitalism, and white nationalism. Moreover, the imagined South Pacific is not a distant, fleeting pleasure but an imminent, durable presence."      --Gary Y. Okihiro, Professor and founding director of Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at columbia University, author of Island World: Hawai`i and the United States
Whether presented as exotic fantasy, a strategic location during World War II, or a site combining postwar leisure with military culture, Hawaii and the South Pacific figure prominently in the U.S. national imagination. Hollywood’s Hawaii is the first full-length study of the film industry’s intense engagement with the Pacific region from 1898 to the present.
Delia Malia Caparoso Konzett highlights films that mirror the cultural and political climate of the country over more than a century—from the era of U.S. imperialism on through Jim Crow racial segregation, the attack on Pearl Harbor and WWII, the civil rights movement, the contemporary articulation of consumer and leisure culture, as well as the buildup of the modern military industrial complex. Focusing on important cultural questions pertaining to race, nationhood, and war, Konzett offers a unique view of Hollywood film history produced about the national periphery for mainland U.S. audiences. Hollywood’s Hawaii presents a history of cinema that examines Hawaii and the Pacific and its representations in film in the context of colonialism, war, Orientalism, occupation, military buildup, and entertainment.

Ethnic Modernisms (Palgrave Macmillan 2002)

"Delia Konzett presents a compelling argument for the nature and significance of ethnic modernisms. Offering original readings of texts by Ania Yezierska, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jean Rhys, she demonstrates the importance of their transnational perspectives for modernist aesthetics. In its argument for the significance of narrative displacement in our understanding of modernism, this book pushes current debates about ethnicity, race, national culture, and modernist writing in new and productive directions." --Mary Lou Emery, Professor of English, University of Iowa, author of Modernism, the Visual, and Caribbean Literature  and Jean Rhys at “World's End”: Novels of Colonial and Sexual Exile 

This study explores a new understanding of modernism and ethnicity as put forward in the transnational and diasporic writings of Anzia Yezierska, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jean Rhys. In its selection of three modernists from apparently different cultural backgrounds, it is meant to make us rethink the role of modernism in terms of ethnicity and displacement. Konzett critiques the traditional understanding of the monocultural 'ethnic identity' often highlighted in the studies of these writers and argues that all three writers are better understood as ironic narrators of diaspora and movement and as avant-garde modernists. As a result, they offer an alternative aesthetics of modernism which is centered around the innovative narration of displacement. Her analysis of the complexities of language and form and impact of the complex and ambiguous formal styles of the three writers on the history of their reception is a model of the effective integration of formalist, historicist, and theoretical perspectives in literary criticism.