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Maxine Hong Kingston's the Woman Warrior: A Casebook / Edition 1

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Overview

With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these works that have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide, for the first time, an accessible forum in r ich readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray.

This case book presents a thought-provoking overview of critical debates surrounding The Woman Warrior, perhaps the best known Asian American literary work. The essays deal with such issues as the reception by various interpretive communities, canon formation, cultural authenticity, fictionality in autobiography, and feminist and poststructuralist subjectivity. The eight essays are supplemented an interview with the author and a bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195116557
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pt. I Setting Forth Issues and Debates
A Chinese Woman's Response to Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior 17
The Most Popular Book in China 23
Autobiography as Guided Chinatown Tour? Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and the Chinese American Autobiography Controversy 29
Pt. II Gender, Genre, and "Theory"
Filiality and Woman's Autobiographical Storytelling 57
No Lost Paradise: Social Gender and Symbolic Gender in the Writings of Maxine Hong Kingston 85
Pt. III A Chinese American Tradition in an Era of "Multiculturalism"
The Woman Warrior versus the Chinaman Pacific: Must a Chinese American Critic Choose between Feminism and Heroism? 113
Chinese American Women Writers: The Tradition behind Maxine Hong Kingston 135
Intelligibility and Meaningfulness in Multicultural Literature in English (Excerpts) 159
Pt. IV An Interview
Susan Brownmiller Talks with Maxine Hong Kingston, Author of The Woman Warrior 173
Annotated Select Bibliography 181
Bibliography 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    Women Warrior

    This book was an amazing story. Through out the book she is tring to figure out her culture and herself. It is a great book about Japaness traditions. It is easy to read and always keeping ones attention

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