Narrating Nationalisms: Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature

Narrating Nationalisms: Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature

by Jinqi Ling
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195111168

ISBN-13: 9780195111163

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book rereads five major works by John Okada, Louis Chu, Frank Chin, and Maxine Hong Kingston in order to reconceptualize the relationship between the past and present of post-WWII Asian American literary history. Drawing on work in cultural studies, postmodern and poststructuralist theory, social history, and neo-pragmatism, Ling offers fresh perspectives on

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This book rereads five major works by John Okada, Louis Chu, Frank Chin, and Maxine Hong Kingston in order to reconceptualize the relationship between the past and present of post-WWII Asian American literary history. Drawing on work in cultural studies, postmodern and poststructuralist theory, social history, and neo-pragmatism, Ling offers fresh perspectives on the cultural politics and formal strategies of texts too often seen in recent criticism as devoid of complexities and fraught with totalizing implications. In challenging uncritical adoption of posthumanist views of history, agency, and identity in Asian American cultural criticism, this pioneering book opens an approach to Asian American literary texts that simultaneously registers their rich specificity and relatedness to works before and after.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195111163
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1History, Entanglement, and Negotiated Change3
2Writing the Novel, Narrating Discontents: Race and Cultural Politics in John Okada's No-No Boy31
3Realist Intervention and the Return of the Repressed: Reading Class, Gender, and Culture in Louis Chu's Eat a Bowl of Tea53
4Performing the Margins: Ethics and the Poetics of Frank Chin's Theatrical Discourse79
5Maxine Hong Kingston's Remapping of Asian American Historical Imagination in China Men110
6Critical Negotiations: Issues in Asian American Cultural Studies139
Conclusion163
Notes167
Bibliography187
Index203

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