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Asian American Literature

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ISBN-10: 0748622721

ISBN-13: 9780748622726

Edition: 2008

Authors: Bella Adams, Martin Halliwell, Andy Mousley

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Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature Series Editors: Martin Halliwell and Andy Mousley This series provides accessible yet provocative introductions to a wide range of literatures. The volumes will initiate and deepen the reader's understanding of key literary movements, periods and genres, and consider debates that inform the past, present and future of literary study. Resources such as glossaries of key terms and details of archives and internet sites are also provided, making each volume a comprehensive critical guide. Asian American Literature Bella Adams This critical study of Asian American literature discusses work by internationally successful writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Bharati Mukherjee, Gish Jen, Chang-Rae Lee and Amitav Ghosh, and situates them in a range of literary-cultural contexts. The focus of the book is on twentieth-century writing, particularly from the 1970s onwards, but it also traces the historical development of Asian American literature and discusses important earlier writers. Four central themes in Asian American culture are covered: beginning Asian American literature; ambassadorial literature; culture wars; and heterogeneity, hybridity, multiplicity. Each chapter offers a broad discussion of writers, concepts and approaches with case studies of key texts. Particular emphasis is placed on the critical reception of these writers, as they contribute to major debates in and around Asian American Studies. Works by Asian American writers are considered in relation to transatlantic literature, postcolonial theory, feminism and postmodernism. Key features *The first readily available introductory guide to Asian American literature. *Discusses a representative range of Asian American literature, providing a sense of the diversity of the field and of its key themes and modes of writing. *Links close reading of key texts with critical and theoretical approaches to Asian American literature. *Encourages reflection on questions of literary value, canonicity and the scope and purpose of literary studies.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Series Preface
Some Thoughts on Ethnicity and Writing
A History of Asian American Literature
Asian American Canon Formation
About this Book
American Ways of Looking, 1880s-1920s
Contexts and Intertexts
Yan Phou Lee, When I Was a Boy in China (1887)
Winnifred Eaton and Edith Eaton, Selected Short Stories (1900-15)
We are America, 1930s-50s
Contexts and Intertexts
Carlos Bulosan, America Is in the Heart (1946) and Toshio Mori, Selected Short Stories (1949)
Monica Sone, Nisei Daughter (1953), John Okada, No-No Boy (1957) and Hisaye Yamamoto, Selected Short Stories (1949-51)
Noise, Trouble and Backtalk, 1960s-70s
Contexts and Intertexts
Jade Snow Wong, Fifth Chinese Daughter (1950) and Louis Chu, Eat a Bowl of Tea (1961)
Frank Chin, The Chickencoop Chinaman (1972), The Year of the Dragon (1974) and The Chinaman Pacific and Frisco R.R. Co. (1988)
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (1976) and China Men (1980)
Between Worlds, the 1980s
Contexts and Intertexts
Joy Kogawa, Obasan (1981)
Maxine Hong Kingston, Tripmaster Monkey (1989) and David Henry Hwang, FOB (1979) and M. Butterfly (1988)
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club (1989)
Bharati Mukherjee, Jasmine (1989) and Wendy Law-Yone, The Coffin Tree (1983)
Heterogeneity, Hybridity and Multiplicity, the 1990s
Contexts and Intertexts
Refugee Literatures
Lan Cao, Monkey Bridge (1997)
Sky Lee, Disappearing Moon Cafe (1990)
Mei Ng, Eating Chinese Food Naked (1998)
Chang-rae Lee, Native Speaker (1995)
Student Resources
Selected Electronic Resources
Guide to Further Reading