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Reading the Literatures of Asian America
     

Reading the Literatures of Asian America

by Shirley Lim
 

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With the recent proliferation of critically acclaimed literature by Asian American writers, this groundbreaking collection of essays provides a unique resource for students, scholars, and the general reading public. The homogeneity implied by the term "Asian American" is replaced in this volume with the rich diversity of highly disparate peoples. Languages, religions,

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With the recent proliferation of critically acclaimed literature by Asian American writers, this groundbreaking collection of essays provides a unique resource for students, scholars, and the general reading public. The homogeneity implied by the term "Asian American" is replaced in this volume with the rich diversity of highly disparate peoples. Languages, religions, races and cultural and national backgrounds. Examining a century of Asian American literature from the late 19th century up through the contemporary experimental drama of Ping Chong, the contributors address the work of writers with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, East Indian, and Pacific Island ancestry. Asian Canadian and Hawaiian literature are also considered.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The prosaic title of this book is misleading, fooling the reader into believing that it is just another collection of essays on a particular ethnic literature. This is far from the truth. Although these essays explore the literary themes found in specific Asian American literary works, when read and digested in their totality they reveal themselves to be a well-organized anthology displaying the richness and diversity of Asian American culture and history, thoughts and beliefs. The book is separated into four interrelated sections covering Asian American identity, questions of gender and race, issues of ethnic boundaries and borders, and various interpretations of texts, and each section fully discusses these themes through an investigation of literary forms. A true sign that any genre has risen to the stature of Literature with a capital L is the appearance of literary criticism. This book is a sign that Asian American literature has finally arrived. Recommended for academic libraries.-- Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439901212
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
02/02/2009
Series:
Asian American History & Cultu
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
635 KB

Meet the Author

Shirley Geok-lin Lim is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is also editor (with John Blair Gamber, Stephen Hong Sohn and Gina Valentino) of Transnational Asian American Literature (Temple).

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