The Americas of Asian American Literature: Gendered Fictions of Nation and Transnation

The Americas of Asian American Literature: Gendered Fictions of Nation and Transnation

by Rachel C. Lee

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ISBN-13: 9780691059617
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/24/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Rachel C. Lee is Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

INTRODUCTION 3

CHAPTER ONE Fraternal Devotions: Carlos Bulosan and the Sexual Politics of America 17

CHAPTER TWO Gish Jen and the Gendered Codes of Americanness 44

CHAPTER THREE Transversing Nationalism, Gender, and Sexuality in Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters 73

CHAPTER FOUR Global-Local Discourse and Gendered Screen Fictions in Karen Tei Yamashita's Through the Arc of the Rain Forest 106

CONCLUSION Asian American Feminist Literary Criticism on Multiple Terrains 139

APPENDIX ONE Number of Plots in Dogeaters 147

APPENDIX TWO Epigraphs and Other Quoted Material in Dogeaters 148

Notes 151

Works Cited 185

Index 199

What People are Saying About This

Rachel Lee has opened an important new chapter in the study of Asian American literature. Her trans-Pacific and trans-hemispheric conception of the 'Americas' of Asian American culture, combined with her scrupulous theorizing of gender, provides a fresh, original approach to the field. In doing so, she also maps out the criticism of the future and boldly enlarges the meaning of American literature.

Elaine H. Kim

The Americas of Asian American Literature is a critique of ideology and an interrogation of political power arrangements as they shift in different historical contexts. Rachel Lee looks at the ideological implications of various ways of reading literature that foreground some issues and suppress others. With its richly nuanced readings of how various kinds of racialized gendering shape both writing and reading across space and time, Rachel Lee's breakthrough book enriches both Asian American cultural critique and feminist inquiry, suggesting to us how much can be gained if we more clearly understand the inseparability of representations of race, gender, class, and sexuality.

Kim

The Americas of Asian American Literature is a critique of ideology and an interrogation of political power arrangements as they shift in different historical contexts. Rachel Lee looks at the ideological implications of various ways of reading literature that foreground some issues and suppress others. With its richly nuanced readings of how various kinds of racialized gendering shape both writing and reading across space and time, Rachel Lee's breakthrough book enriches both Asian American cultural critique and feminist inquiry, suggesting to us how much can be gained if we more clearly understand the inseparability of representations of race, gender, class, and sexuality.
Elaine H. Kim, University of California, author of "Asian American Literature"

Eric Sundquist

Rachel Lee has opened an important new chapter in the study of Asian American literature. Her trans-Pacific and trans-hemispheric conception of the 'Americas' of Asian American culture, combined with her scrupulous theorizing of gender, provides a fresh, original approach to the field. In doing so, she also maps out the criticism of the future and boldly enlarges the meaning of American literature.

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