Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English

Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English

by Lien Chao


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Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English by Lien Chao

From unappreciated railway workers facing institutional racism and neglect in the last century to national cultural figures of the present, the Chinese, like other coloured peoples of Canada, have made great inroads into the mainstream, which in turn has adjusted its self-image to accommodate diversity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780920661697
Publisher: Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Lien Chao came from China to Canada in 1984. She has published several books of poetry, criticism and fiction in English and Chinese.

Table of Contents


1. Rereading Chinese Canadian History and 1
the Need to Access Mainstream Discourse

2. The Transformation from Silence to Voice and 17
Other Discursive Strategies

3. Anthologizing the Collective: 33
The Epic Struggles to Establish Chinese Canadian
Literature in English

4. Mythologizing the Collective History and 51
Reclaiming "Chinamen":
Tales from Gold Mountain

5. Bachelor-Man: "A Silence Crying Out to Be Broken" in 66
Canadian Theatre

6. The Collective Self: A Narrative Paradigm and 88
Self ?expression in Three Prose Works

7. Dialogue: A Discursive Strategy in 122
Chinese Canadian Poetry

8. From Testimony to Erotica: The Split Subject and 156
Oedipal Drama in Evelyn Lau?s Prose

Beyond Silence: Rice Paper Continues 185



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Frank Davey

Beyond Silence is the first book-length study to attempt to construct the historical and cultural contexts of Chinese-Canadian writing, search out its lost texts, and build a theoretical ground for its reading. Especially powerful are its arguments that silence and silencing have been the strategic and-for writing-paradoxical tropes of both Chinese and Chinese-Canadian culture. (Frank Davey, University of Western Ontario)

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