Racial Things, Racial Forms Objecthood in Avant-Garde Asian American Poetry
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Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
InRacial Things, Racial Forms, Joseph Jonghyun Jeon focuses on a coterie of underexamined contemporary Asian American poets—Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Myung Mi Kim, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and John Yau—who reject many of the characteristics of traditional minority writing, in particular the language of identity politics, which tends to challenge political marginalization without contesting more fundamental assumptions about the construction of racial form. In the poets’ various treatments ofthings(that is, objects of art), one witnesses a confluence of heretofore discrete factors: the avant-garde interest in objecthood and the racial question of objectification. By refashioning avant-garde More...
Joseph Jonghyun Jeonis a visiting associate professor of English at Pomona College. He is a poetry editor forKaya, a publisher of Asian/diasporic literature and culture, and serves on the editorial board of1913: A Journal of Forms.
|Introduction: Seeing Race in Things|
|Black Things, White Things: Objecthood in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Language Art|
|Speaking in Tongues: Myung Mi Kims Poetics of Mouth|
|The Body of the Book: Positioned Phenomenology in Mei-mei Berssenbrugge's Art-Book Collaborations|
|Reflections of Things: Ekphrasis and Racial Iconology in Cathy Song and John Yau|
|Coda: Hating Yoko Ono and the New Yellow Peril|
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