Asian American Playwrights: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

Asian American Playwrights: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

by Miles Liu
     
 

In the late nineteenth century, Asian American drama made its debut with the spotlight firmly on the lives and struggles of Asians in North America, rather than on the cultures and traditions of the Asian homeland. Today, Asian American playwrights continue to challenge the limitations of established theatrical conventions and direct popular attention toward issues

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In the late nineteenth century, Asian American drama made its debut with the spotlight firmly on the lives and struggles of Asians in North America, rather than on the cultures and traditions of the Asian homeland. Today, Asian American playwrights continue to challenge the limitations of established theatrical conventions and direct popular attention toward issues and experiences that might otherwise be ignored or marginalized. While Asian American literature came into full bloom in the last 25 years, Asian American drama has yet to receive the kind of critical attention it warrants. This reference book serves as a versatile vehicle for exploring the field of Asian American drama from its recorded conception to its present stage.

Included are alphabetically arranged entries for 52 Asian American dramatists of origins from India, Pakistan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and China. Each entry includes relevant biographical information that contextualizes the works of a playwright, an interpretive description of selected plays that spotlights recurring themes and plots, a summary of the playwright's critical reception, and a bibliography of primary and secondary works. The entries are written by expert contributors and reflect the ethnic diversity of the Asian American community. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography, which includes anthologies, scholarly studies, and periodicals.

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Listing 52 playwrights, this reference work conveys the contribution Asian Americans have made to drama. is intended in a broad sense, including both immigrants and the native-born, and representing people with origins in Asia itself, the Pacific islands, and the Indian subcontinent. Each entry features a brief biography, a list of major works and themes, a discussion of the writer's critical reception, and a bibliography. The contributors include librarians as well as scholars of literature, theater, and Asian studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313314551
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2002
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

MILES XIAN LIU is Assistant Professor of English at Holyoke Community College. Trained as a Faulknerian and applied linguist, he has developed expertise in the fields of Asian American fiction and drama. His articles have appeared in The Faulkner Journal and other publications.

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