Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics

Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics

by Yunte Huang
ISBN-10:
0674026373
ISBN-13:
2900674026376
Pub. Date:
02/15/2008
Publisher:
Harvard
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Overview

Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics

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: 2900674026376
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: The Transpacific as a Critical Space     1
History: And the Views from the Shores     11
Mark Twain: Letters from Hawaii     13
Henry Adams: In Japan and the South Seas     22
Liang Qichao: A Journey to the New Continent     40
Literature: Moby-Dick in the Pacific     51
Collecting in the Pacific     55
Ahab's Collectibles: The White Whale and the Yellow Tigers     61
Ishmael, a Pacific Historian     72
Queequeg, the Pacific Man     82
Melville's Pacific Becoming: Fancy, Fate, Finis     87
Counterpoetics: Islands, Legends, Maps     99
The Poetics of Error: Angel Island     101
Legends from Camp: Lawson Fusao Inada     116
Mapping Histories: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha     131
Conclusion: Between History and Literature-A Poetics of Acknowledgment     143
Notes     159
Index     179

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