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Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction

Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction

by B. Huang


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This book examines the influence of genre on contemporary Asian American literary production. Drawing on cultural theories of representation, social theories of identity, and poststructuralist genre theory, this study shows how popular prose fictions have severely constrained the development of Asian American literary aesthetics.

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ISBN-13: 9781349291083
Publisher: Springer Nature B.V.
Publication date: 01/31/2016
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

BETSY HUANG is Assistant Professor of English at Clark University, USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: "Generic" Asian Americans? 1

Troubling the Generic Waters 1

"Regenreing" Fictions of Asian America 4

1 Generic Sui Generis: On Asian American Immigrant Fiction 11

Genres of Assimilationism 11

le thi diem thuy and The "I" We Are All Looking For 17

Chang-rae Lee and the Counter-Gestures of Life Writing 29

2 Recriminations: On Asian American Crime Fiction 47

Criminalizing Asian America 47

The Offenses of Charlie Chan and Chinatown 51

The Difficult Case of Asian American Crime Fiction 55

Dashiell Hammett's Chinatown: "Dead Yellow Women" 59

Wayne Wang's Chinatown: Chan Is Missing 66

Ed Lin's Chinatown: This Is a Bust 72

Susan Choi's Radical Recriminations: American Woman 80

3 Reorientations: On Asian American Science Fiction 95

Alienating Asian America 95

Retooling Asian American Fiction, Regenreing Science Fiction 100

Exemplary Estrangement: Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" 102

Mechanical Aspirations: Greg Pak's Robot Stories 113

Future Imperfect: Cynthia Kadohata's In the Heart of the Valley of Love 127

Conclusion: The Genre is the Message 141

Notes 147

Bibliography 169

Index 179

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