Culture, Identity, Commodity: Diasporic Chinese Literatures in English

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 313 pages
From David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly to Evelyn Lau's Diary of a Runaway to Fred Wah's poetry, diasporic Chinese literature in English is reaching wider audiences. The interdisciplinary essays in Culture, Identity, Commodity provide close textual readings and general theoretical frameworks from American, Australian, and Canadian perspectives for a range of textual productions - novels, autobiographies, plays, and Chinese cooking shows - that address this dynamic field. Established and emerging scholars offer timely discussions of "diasporic Chinese studies," drawing on transnational, postcolonial, globalisation, and racialisation theories. The collection examines what is at stake in the consideration of diasporic literatures and the connections and fissures emerging in these new critical terrains. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

Commodifying
19
Reading Evelyn Laus
39
Commodity Fetishism
59
Diasporic Memory and
81
New Imaginings of Identity in
107
On Chinese Canadian Cultural
129
Queering Chinese
153
Decentring Orientalist and Ocker Masculinities in Birds
183
Jade Snow Wongs Global Tour
205
Ouyang Yus Wakeup Call to
231
The Accidental
253
Sliding the Scale of
279
Index
299
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Tseen Khoo is a research fellow at Monash University, Melbourne, the author of Banana Bending: Asian-Australian and Asian Canadian Literatures, and co-editor of Diaspora: Negotiating Asian Australia.
Kam Louie is director of the China and Korea Centre, A

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