Narrating Nationalisms

Narrating Nationalisms : Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature

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This book rereads five major works by John Okada, Louis Chu, Frank Chin, and Maxine Hong Kingston in order to reconceptualize the relationship between the past and present of postwar Asian American literary history. Drawing on work in cultural studies, postmodern and poststructuralist theory, social history, and neo-pragmatism, Ling offers fresh perspectives on the cultural politics and formal strategies of texts too often seen in recent criticism as devoid of complexities and fraught with totalizing implications. In challenging uncritical adoption of posthumanist views of history, agency, and identity in Asian American cultural criticism, this pioneering book opens an approach to Asian American literary texts that simultaneously registers their rich specificity and relatedness to works before and after.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 148.1 x 218.4 x 22.1mm | 452.86g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195111168
  • 9780195111163

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Interesting approaches to much-debated issues in Asian-American cultural studies ... a useful and fresh intervention into, and addition to, existing Asian-American literary criticism * Journal of American Studies *show more

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