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Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics
     

Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics

by Yunte Huang
 

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ISBN-10: 0674026373

ISBN-13: 9780674026377

Pub. Date: 02/15/2008

Publisher: Harvard

Transpacific Imaginations is a study of how American literature is enmeshed with the literatures of Asia. The book begins with Western encounters with the Pacific: Yunte Huang reads Moby Dick as a Pacific work, looks at Henry Adams's not talking about his travels in Japan and the Pacific basin in his autobiography, and compares Mark Twain to

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Transpacific Imaginations is a study of how American literature is enmeshed with the literatures of Asia. The book begins with Western encounters with the Pacific: Yunte Huang reads Moby Dick as a Pacific work, looks at Henry Adams's not talking about his travels in Japan and the Pacific basin in his autobiography, and compares Mark Twain to Liang Qichao. Huang then turns to Asian American encounters with the Pacific, concentrating on the "Angel Island" poems and on works by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Araki Yasusada.

Huang's argument that the Pacific forms American literature more than is generally acknowledged is a major contribution to our understanding of literary history. The book is in dialogue with cross-cultural studies of the Pacific and with contemporary innovative poetics. Huang has found a vehicle to join Asians and Westerners at the deepest level, and that vehicle is poetry. Poets can best imagine an ethical ground upon which different people join hands. Huang asks us to contribute to this effort by understanding the poets and writers already in the process of linking diverse peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026377
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Transpacific as a Critical Space

Part I: History: And the Views from the Shores

1. Mark Twain: Letters from Hawaii

2. Henry Adams: In Japan and the South Seas

3. Liang Qichao: A Journey to the New Continent

Part II: Literature: Moby-Dick in the Pacific

4. Collecting in the Pacific

5. Ahab's Collectibles: The White Whale and the Yellow Tigers

6. Ishmael, a Pacific Historian

7. Queequeg, the Pacific Man

8. Melville's Pacific Becoming: Fancy, Fate, Finis

Part III: Counterpoetics: Islands, Legends, Maps

9. The Poetics of Error: Angel Island

10. Legends from Camp: Lawson Fusao Inada

11. Mapping Histories: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

Conclusion: Between History and Literature—A Poetics of Acknowledgment

Notes

Index

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