Transforming Chinese American Literature: A Study of History, Sexuality, and Ethnicity

Transforming Chinese American Literature: A Study of History, Sexuality, and Ethnicity

by Joanne Chang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820440965

ISBN-13: 9780820440965

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

What is a Chinese American? A Chinese? An American? Or both? Or neither? These seemingly easy questions are hard to answer in terms of history, culture, ethnicity, and literature. In order to provide an answer to these questions, Chinese American writers transform a historical discourse into a historicist one to review history, an intrapersonal discourse into an

Overview

What is a Chinese American? A Chinese? An American? Or both? Or neither? These seemingly easy questions are hard to answer in terms of history, culture, ethnicity, and literature. In order to provide an answer to these questions, Chinese American writers transform a historical discourse into a historicist one to review history, an intrapersonal discourse into an interpersonal one to redefine autobiography, and a mythological discourse into a mythopoetical one to rewrite mythology, so as to transform an American Orientalist discourse into a Chinese American one for the reading and writing of Chinese American literature. As a consequence, the question «What is a Chinese American?» is transformed into an affirmation of what a Chinese American is.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820440965
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Modern American Literature Series, #20
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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