Asian American Novelists: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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Emmanuel Sampath Nelson
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 422 pages
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As a distinct area of literary study, Asian American literature now enjoys a level of critical recognition that was unimaginable when academic interest in the field began modestly some 25 years ago. Part of this recognition stems from the increasing contributions of Asian American novelists, whose works continue to capture growing levels of popular attention. By the early 1970s, anthologies of creative writing by Asian Americans began to appear, and there are now almost two dozen of them. Since then, numerous Asian American writers, such as Amy Tan, Michael Ondaatje, and Bharati Mukherjee, have gained considerable critical and commercial success.

The publication of this reference work reflects the new academic status of Asian American literature. Included are alphabetically arranged entries for 70 Asian American novelists. Since the historical and current experiences of Asians in Canada and the United States are substantially similar, the volume covers authors from both countries. While the majority of the writers profiled in the volume have East Asian backgrounds, some have South Asian or West Asian origins. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a short biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a summary of the novelist's critical reception, and separate bibliographies of primary and secondary sources. The volume concludes with a selected, general bibliography.

 

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Contents

MEENA ALEXANDER
1
HIMANI BANNERJI
8
SUSHAM BEDI
13
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY
18
VANCE BOURJAILY
24
CECILIA MANGUERRA BRAINARD
29
THERESA HAK KYUNG CHA
34
DIANA CHANG
38
BETTE BAO LORD
211
ANCHEE MIN
214
ROHINTON MISTRY
219
KYOKO MORI
229
TOSHIO MORI
234
BHARATI MUKHERJEE
240
MILTON MURAYAMA
251
KIRIN NARAYAN
257

EVELINA CHAO
44
FRANK CHIN
48
SOOK NYUL CHOI
56
SUSAN CHOI
60
DENISE CHONG
64
LOUIS HING CHU
68
RICHARD CRASTA also AVATAR PRABHU
76
KIRAN DESAI
81
CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
87
WINNIFRED EATON
93
INDIRA GANESAN
99
STEPHEN GILL
105
JESSICA TARAHATA HAGEDORN
110
CHUANG HUA
117
CYNTHIA KADOHATA
120
YOUNGHILL KANG
127
RICHARD E KIM
132
MAXINE HONG KINGSTON
138
BHARTI KIRCHNER
156
JOY KOGAWA
161
ALEX KUO
168
HELENA KUO
172
CHANGRAE LEE
175
C Y LEE
180
GUS LEE
185
MARIE G LEE
192
SKY LEE
197
ADET LIN also TAN YUN
204
STEVEN C LO
207
FAE MYENNE NG
261
MEI NG
267
HUALING NIEH
271
SANJAY NIGAM
277
JOHN OKADA
281
MICHAEL ONDAATJE
289
NAHID RACHLIN
296
BALACHANDRA ROSCA
303
NINOTCHKA ROSCA
308
PATSY SUMIE SAIKI
313
BIENVENIDO N SANTOS
317
LISA LENINE SEE
323
SHYAM SELVADURAI
332
VIKRAM SETH
339
S SHANKAR
345
BAPSI SIDHWA
350
MAIMAI SZE
357
LINTAIYI also ANOR LIN or LIN WUSHUANG
360
AMY TAN
365
LINDA TYCASPER
374
HOLLY UYEMOTO
382
JADE SNOW WONG
387
SHAWN WONG
391
LOISANN YAMANAKA
398
KAREN TAI YAMASHITA
403
Selected Bibliography
409
Index
413
About the Editor and Contributors
419
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EMMANUEL S. NELSON is Professor of English at the State University of New York College at Cortland. He is the author of more than 30 articles, and his previous books include Contemporary African American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (1999), Contemporary Gay American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (1993), Writers of the Indian Diaspora: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (1993), and Reworlding: The Literature of the Indian Diaspora (1992), all available from Greenwood Press.

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