Transpacific Imaginations History, Literature, Counterpoetics

ISBN-10: 0674026373

ISBN-13: 9780674026377

Edition: 2008

Authors: Yunte Huang

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Transpacific Imaginations is a study of how American literature is enmeshed with the literatures of Asia. The book begins with Western encounters with the Pacific: Yunte Huang reads Moby Dick as a Pacific work, looks at Henry Adams's not talking about his travels in Japan and the Pacific basin in his autobiography, and compares Mark Twain to Liang Qichao. Huang then turns to Asian American encounters with the Pacific, concentrating on the "Angel Island" poems and on works by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Araki Yasusada. Huang's argument that the Pacific forms American literature more than is generally acknowledged is a major contribution to our understanding of literary history. The book is in dialogue with cross-cultural studies of the Pacific and with contemporary innovative poetics. Huang has found a vehicle to join Asians and Westerners at the deepest level, and that vehicle is poetry. Poets can best imagine an ethical ground upon which different people join hands. Huang asks us to contribute to this effort by understanding the poets and writers already in the process of linking diverse peoples.
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List price: $47.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

?Yunte Huang is Professor of English at University of California, Santa Barbara and author of Transpacific Displacement.

Introduction: The Transpacific as a Critical Space
History: And the Views from the Shores
Mark Twain: Letters from Hawaii
Henry Adams: In Japan and the South Seas
Liang Qichao: A Journey to the New Continent
Literature: Moby-Dick in the Pacific
Collecting in the Pacific
Ahab's Collectibles: The White Whale and the Yellow Tigers
Ishmael, a Pacific Historian
Queequeg, the Pacific Man
Melville's Pacific Becoming: Fancy, Fate, Finis
Counterpoetics: Islands, Legends, Maps
The Poetics of Error: Angel Island
Legends from Camp: Lawson Fusao Inada
Mapping Histories: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
Conclusion: Between History and Literature-A Poetics of Acknowledgment
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