Asian American Poets

Asian American Poets

by Guiyou Huang
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0313318093

ISBN-13: 9780313318092

Pub. Date: 05/30/2002

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Even though Asian American literature is enjoying an impressive critical popularity, attention has focused primarily on longer narrative forms such as the novel. And despite the proliferation of a large number of poets of Asian descent in the 20th century, Asian American poetry remains a neglected area of study. Poetry as an elite genre has not reached the level of

Overview

Even though Asian American literature is enjoying an impressive critical popularity, attention has focused primarily on longer narrative forms such as the novel. And despite the proliferation of a large number of poets of Asian descent in the 20th century, Asian American poetry remains a neglected area of study. Poetry as an elite genre has not reached the level of popularity of the novel or short story, partly due to the difficulties of reading and interpreting poetic texts. The lack of criticism on Asian American poetry speaks to the urgent need for scholarship in this area, since perhaps more than any other genre, poetry most forcefully captures the intense feelings and emotions that Asian Americans have experienced about themselves and their world. This reference book overviews the tremendous cultural contributions of Asian American poets.

Included are alphabetically arranged entries on 48 American poets of Asian descent, most of whom have been active during the latter half of the 20th century. Each entry begins with a short biography, which sometimes includes information drawn from personal interviews. The entries then discuss the poet's major works and themes, including such concerns as family, racism, sexism, identity, language, and politics. A survey of the poet's critical reception follows. In many cases the existing criticism is scant, and the entries offer new readings of neglected works. The entries conclude with bibliographies of primary and secondary texts, and the volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313318092
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2002
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Guiyou Huang

Ai (1947- ) by Nikolas Huot

Meena Alexander (1951- ) by Purvi Shah

Agha Shahid Ali (1949- ) by Purvi Shah

Himani Bannerji (1942- ) by Chandrima Chakraborty

Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge (1947- ) by Xiaoping Yen

Virginia R. Cerenio (1955- ) by Melinda L. De Jesus

G.S. Sharat Chandra (1938-2000) by Keith Lawrence

Diana Chang (1934- ) by Eduardo de Almeida

Marilyn Mei Ling Chin (1955 ) by Zhou Xiaojing

Eric Chock (1950- ) by Rhoda J. Yen

Rienzi Crusz (1925- ) by Di Gan Blackburn

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (1956- ) by Purvi Shah

Jessica Hagedorn (1949- ) by George Uba

Kimiko Hahn (1955- ) by Zhou Xiaojing

Yukihide Maeshima Hartman (1939- ) by Joe Kraus

Sadakichi Hartmann (1867-1944) by Linda Trinh Moser

Garrett Hongo (1951- ) by Roy Osamu Kamada

Lawson Fusao Inada (1938- ) by Gayle K. Sato

Lonny Kaneko (1939- ) by Tamiko Nimura

Myung Mi Kim (1957- ) by James Kyung-Jim Lee

Juliet Sanae Kono (1943- ) by Nikolas Huot

Lydia Kwa (1959- ) by Gaik Cheng Khoo

Alan Chong Lau (1948- ) by Brian Komei Dempster

Carolyn Lau (1946- ) by Rowena Tomaneng Matsunari

Evelyn Lau (1971- ) by Nikolas Huot

Le Thi Diem Thuy (1972- ) by Melinda L. De Jesus

Li-Young Lee (1957- ) by Wenying Xu

Shirley Geok-Lin Lim (1944- ) by Nina Morgan

Fatima Lim-Wilson (1961- ) by Bill Clem

Wing Tek Lum (1946- ) by Lavonne Leong

Pat Matsueda (1952- ) by Lavonne Leong

Janice Mirikitani (1941- ) by Tamiko Nimura

David Mura (1952- ) by Roy Osamu Kamada

Tran Thi Nga (1927- ) by Michael Janette

Yone Noguchi (1875-1947) by Edward Marx

Uma Parameswaran (1938- ) by Di Gan Blackburn

Albert Saijo (1926- ) by Lavonne Leong

Cathy Song (1955- ) by Gayle K. Sato

Toyo Suyemoto (1916- ) by Robert Hayashi

Arthur Sze (1950- ) by Zhou Xiaojing

Jose Garcia Villa (1908-1997) by Roc'o G. Davis

Nanying Stella Wong (1914- ) by Shawn Holliday

Nellie Wong (1934- ) by Ernest J. Smith

Rita Wong (1968- ) by Gaik Cheng Khoo

Merle Woo (1941- ) by Su-ching Huang

Mitsuye (May) Yamada (1923- ) by Di Gan Blackburn

Lois-Ann Yamanak (1961- ) by Peter E. Morgan

John Yau (1950- ) by Zhou Xiaojing

Selected Bibliography

Index

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