Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits

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Temple University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 306 pages
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Transnational Asian America: Literary Sites and Transits examines the diasporic and transnational aspects of Asian American literature and asserts the importance of a globalized imaginary in what has been considered an ethnic subgenre of American literature. The thirteen essays in this volume engage works of prose and poetry as aesthetic articulations of the fluid transnational identities formed by Asian American writers who move within and across national boundaries. With its emphasis on the transmigratory and flexible nature of Asian American literary production, the collection argues for an equally multivalent mode of criticism that extends our readings of these works beyond the traditional limits of the American literary canon. Individual chapters feature such writers as Chang-rae Lee, Karen Tei Yamashita, Jhumpa Lahiri, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Ha Jin, with attention to such discourses as gender, space and mobility, transnationalism, identity, genre, and post-coloniality.
 

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Contents

Fiction
29
Literary Citizenship
55
The Cartography of Justice and Truthful Refractions
75
Politicized
100
Abjection Masculinity and Violence in Brian Roleys
142
American Childhood
161
Theresa Hak Kyung Chas
197
Poetry
212
Kimikos Hahns Interlingual Poetics
219
Composed of Many Lengths of Bone
235
About the Contributors
295
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Shirley Geok-Lin Lim is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, author of several works in criticism, poetry, fiction, and a memoir, Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian American Memoir of Homelands, and co-editor of Transnational Asia Pacific: Gender, Culture, and the Public Sphere and Reading the Literatures of Asian America (Temple).

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