Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior
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Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior : A Casebook

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these works that have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide, for the first time, an accessible forum in which readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray. This casebook presents a thought-provoking overview of critical debates surrounding The Woman Warrior, perhaps the best-known Asian American literary work. The essays deal with such issues as the reception by various interpretive communities, canon formation, cultural authenticity, fictionality in autobiography, and feminist and poststructuralist subjectivity. The eight essays are supplemented an interview with the author and a bibliography.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 16mm | 281.23g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0195116550
  • 9780195116557
  • 890,820

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Collects key documents and criticism on one of the most widely read literary texts in America's colleges and universities today...An excellent guide for the instructors and students alike who wish to have a quick tour of the critical landscape of this phenomenal work of Asian American literature and still capture some of the highlights of its vast scholarship. * Rocky Mountain Review *show more

Table of contents

Introduction ; PART I: SETTING FORTH ISSUES AND DEBATES ; A Chinese Woman's Response to Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior ; The Most Popular Book in China ; Autobiography as Guided Chinatown Tour? Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and the Chinese American Autobiography Controversy ; PART II: GENDER, GENRE, AND "THEORY" ; Filiality and Woman's Autobiographical Storytelling ; No Lost Paradise: Social Gender and Symbolic Gender in the Writings of Maxine Hong Kingston ; PART III: A CHINESE AMERICAN TRADITION IN AN ERA OF "MULTICULTURALISM" ; The Woman Warrior versus the Chinaman Pacific: Must a Chinese American Critic Choose between Feminism and Heroism? ; Chinese American Women Writers: The Tradition behind Maxine Hong Kingston ; Intelligibility and Meaningfulness in Multicultural Literature in English (Excerpts) ; PART IV: AN INTERVIEW ; Susan Brownmiller Talks with Maxine Hong Kingston, Author of The Woman Warrior ; Annotated Select Bibliography ; Bibliographyshow more

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