Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature

Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature


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Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature employs contemporary and traditional readings of representative works in prose, poetry, and drama to suggest new ways of understanding and appreciating the critically fertile but underexamined body of Asian American writing from the late 1800s to the early 1960s. The essays in this volume engage this corps-composed of multiple genres from different periods and by authors of different ethnicities-with a strong awareness of historical context and a keen sensitivity to literary form. As a collection, Recovered Legacies re-establishes the rich and diverse literary heritage of Asian America and argues persuasively for the significance of these works to the American literary canon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592131198
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Asian American History and Culture Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology of Works Discussed
Introduction—Keith Lawrence and Floyd Cheung
1. Early Chinese American Autobiography: Reconsidering the Works of Yan Phou Lee and Yung Wing—Floyd Cheung
2. The Self and Generic Convention: Winnifred Eaton's Me, A Book of Remembrance—David Shih
3. Diasporic Literature and Identity in A Daughter of the Samurai—Georgina Dodge
4. The Capitalist and Imperialist Critique in H. T. Tsiang's And China Has Hands—Julia H. Lee
5. Unacquiring Negrophobia: Younghill Kang and the Cosmopolitan Resistance to the Black and White Logic of Naturalization—Stephen Knadler
6. Asian American (Im)mobility: Perspectives on the College Plays 1937-1955—Josephine Lee
7. Toyo Suyemoto, Ansel Adams, and the Landscape of Justice—John Streamas
8. Wounded Bodies and the Cold War: Freedom, Materialism, and Revolution in Asian American Literature, 1946-1957—Viet Nguyen
9. Suffering Male Bodies: Representations of Dissent and Displacement in the Internment-Themed Narratives of John Okada and Toshio Mori—Suzanne Arakawa
10. Toshio Mori, Richard Kim, and the Masculine Ideal—Keith Lawrence
11. Home, Memory, and Narrative in Monica Sone's Nisei Daughter—Warren D. Hoffman
12. The "Pre-History" of an "Asian American" Writer: N.V.M. Gonzalez' Allegory of Decolonization—Augusto Espiritu
13. Representing Korean American Female Subjects, Negotiating Multiple Americas, and Reading Beyond the Ending in Ronyoung Kim's Clay Walls—Pamela Thoma

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