Amy Tan: A Literary Companion

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In the mid-1980s, Amy Tan was a successful but unhappy corporate speechwriter. By the end of the decade, she was perched firmly atop the best-seller lists with The Joy Luck Club, with more popular novels to follow. Tan's work—once pigeonholed as ethnic literature—resonates with universal themes that cross cultural and ideological boundaries, and prove wildly successful with readers of all stripes. Tender, sincere, complex, honest and uncompromising in its portrayal of Chinese culture and its affect on women, Amy ...

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Overview

In the mid-1980s, Amy Tan was a successful but unhappy corporate speechwriter. By the end of the decade, she was perched firmly atop the best-seller lists with The Joy Luck Club, with more popular novels to follow. Tan's work—once pigeonholed as ethnic literature—resonates with universal themes that cross cultural and ideological boundaries, and prove wildly successful with readers of all stripes. Tender, sincere, complex, honest and uncompromising in its portrayal of Chinese culture and its affect on women, Amy Tan's work earned her both praise and excoriation from critics, adoration from fans, and a place as one of America's most notable modern writers.

This reference work introduces and summarizes Amy Tan's life, her body of literature, and her characters. The main text is comprised of entries covering characters, dates, historical figures and events, allusions, motifs and themes from her works. The entries combine critical insights with generous citations from primary and secondary sources. Each entry concludes with a selected bibliography. There is also a chronology of Tan's family history and her life. Appendices provide an overlapping timeline of historical and fictional events in Tan's work; a glossary of foreign terms found in her writing; and a list of related writing and research topics. An extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index accompany the text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420131
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/26/2004
  • Series: McFarland Literary Companions, #3
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an award-winning author of textbooks and reference works, including a number of volumes in the McFarland Literary Companions series. In addition to teaching at Lenoir Rhyne University, she serves as a traveling lecturer for the North Carolina Humanities Commission and a board member of the state library commission. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Chronology of Tan's family history, life and works 7
Tan's genealogy 31
Amy Tan : a literary companion 33
App. A Chronology of historical and fictional events in Tan's works 189
App. B Foreign terms in Tan's works 200
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