Amy Tan has established a reputation as a major novelist of not only the Asian American experience but the universal experience of family relationships. With the publication of her first novel, The Joy Luck Club in 1988, which touched the hearts of millions of readers, Tan joined the ranks of major contemporary novelists. Adapting her brand of Chinese traditional talk story as a vehicle for exploring the lives of the mothers and daughters at the center of her novels, Tan allows readers to experience the lives of her characters from multiple perspectives in parallel and intersecting narratives. In this first full-length study of her work, E.D. Huntley explores the fictional worlds Tan has created in her three novels, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and The Hundred Secret Senses.
A biographical chapter discusses the relationship of Tan with her own mother and its influence and that of her family on the subject matter of her novels. A chapter on Tan's literary heritage places her squarely in the tradition of Asian American literature. Each novel is discussed in a separate chapter and includes sections on plot development, character development, narrative structure, literary devices, setting, and major themes. Each chapter also includes an alternative critical reading from which to approach the novel to help readers see the novel in a different light. A complete bibliography of Tan's writings, writings about her work, and a list of reviews of each novel completes the work. This study is the ideal guide for students and readers of Tan's novels.
|Series:||Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
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About the Author
E.D. HUNTLEY is author of V.C. Andrews: A Critical Companion (Greenwood Press 1996). She is Professor of English and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches courses in drama. She is preparing a two-volume anthology of Native American plays and First Nations: A Research Guide to Native American Drama, he has also begun work on a book about Maxine Hong Kingston's works.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword by Kathleen Gregory Klein
The Life of Amy Tan
Amy Tan and Asian American Literature
The Joy Luck Club (1988)
The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)
The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)