Recontextualizing Asian American Domesticity : From Madame Butterfly to My American Wife!
Surveying twelve texts produced over the course of a century, this book examines the politics of domesticity in Asian American women's literature. While it takes on some of the common tropes of Asian American literary criticism, such as interracial romance, the conflicts of assimilation, and the mother-daughter relationship, the focus on the white American woman who mediates the relationship of the Asian American woman with America forces us to rethink the familiar.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
- 28 Jun 2008
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Beyond the Trope of Madame Butterfly: John Luther Long and the Eaton Sisters Chapter 3 2. Brought to You by War: Tea, Comfort Woman, and Monkey Bridge Chapter 4 3. Domestic/Immigrant Family Romance: Fifth Chinese Daughter, Jasmine, and The Love Wife Chapter 5 4. Homequest: My Year of Meats and Blu's Hanging Chapter 6 Coda
Oh's work is, of course, a wonderful addition to the continually growing terrain of gender critiques in Asian American literary studies....Oh is a gifted critical writer, with a clear and succint prose, making Recontextualizing Asian American Domesticity the perfect companion text to any course on Asian American Literature and the politics of gender. One could easily see that her primary texts could all appear as those assigned for a course. -- Stephen Sohn, Asian American Literature Fans The strength of Recontextualizing Asian American Domesticity is its refreshing selection of primary texts, many of which are still emerging as important representational sites for deploying Asian American critique. The readings are useful and instructive in situating the continually shifting terrain of Asian American women's writings. Oh's work is a wonderful addition to the continually growing terrain of gender critiques in Asian American literary study. Oh is a gifted critical writer, with clear and succint prose, making Recontextualizing Asian American Domesticity the perfect companion to any course on Asian American literature and the politics of gender. * Asian American Literature Fans * A solid addition to scholarship on Asian American literature, Recontextualizing Asian American Domesticity asks us to consider domesticity in both its literal and symbolic manifestations. Accessible for undergraduates, the book productively situates the importance of white womanhood to Asian American gender formation. -- Leslie Bow, University of Wisconsin, Madison
About Seung Ah Oh
Seung Ah Oh is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Humanities at Yonsei University.