Negotiating Identities: An Introduction to Asian American Women's Writing

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Manchester University Press, Oct 11, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 257 pages
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Despite the surge in publications by Asian American women, relatively little critical work exists which contextualises the history of Asian American women's writing within broader traditions of ethnic American and feminist literatures. This is a study of the development of writing by Asian-American women in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on the successful late 20th-century writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Joy Kogawa, Bharati Mukherjee and Gish Jen. It relates the development of Asian writing by women in America - with a comparative element incorporating Britain - to a series of theoretical preoccupations: the mother/daughter dyad, biracialism, ethnic histories, citizenship, genre and the idea of home. Grice accounts for the popularity and critical and commercial success of these writers at the start of the third millennium.
 

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Contents

Motherdaughter writing of the 1970s
35
Genre and identity
76
recent Chinese
103
five Eurasian
129
Homes and homecomings
199
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Helen Grice is Lecturer in English and American Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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