1st Edition

Asian American Literature

Edited By

David Leiwei Li

ISBN 9780415498876
Published July 9, 2012 by Routledge
1856 Pages

USD $1,300.00

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Book Description

Co-published by Routledge and Edition Synapse

American writers whose provenance lies in Asia have been producing and publishing work of interest and distinction for well over a century. However, in recent decades there has been an exponential growth in their output, and much Asian-American literature has now achieved new levels of both popular success and critical acclaim. Moreover, the burgeoning number of literary anthologies and academic studies attests to a growing and deepening scholarly attention. Indeed, Asian-American literature—and the serious critical work it has spawned—is now central to debates about national cultures, world civilizations, and transnational imaginations.

As research on and around Asian-American literature continues to flourish, this new title from Routledge answers the urgent need for an authoritative reference work to map its vast critical terrain. The collection will enable users to make sense of the rapidly growing, and ever more complex, corpus of scholarly literature which explores—among many others—dizzying questions about racial diversity and identity, cultural history, and literary value.

The collection is organized into four volumes. The first volume (‘Literary History: Criticism and Theory’) brings together the best work to define, explicitly or implicitly, the parameters of Asian-American literature. It addresses its political and aesthetic significance and major issues of contention. Volume II (‘Prose: Fiction and Non-Fiction’) brings together the best interpretive work and practical criticism on key works of Asian-American literature, both fictive and factual. Volume III (‘Poetry’) assembles the essential scholarship on Asian-American poetry, while the final volume in the collection (‘Drama and Performance’) collects the vital research on theatrical texts and performance pieces.

Asian-American Literature is fully indexed and includes a comprehensive new introduction by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context. An indispensable reference collection, it is destined to be valued by scholars and students as a vital one-stop research and pedgagogic resource.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Literary History: Criticism and Theory

1 Preface and introduction to Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers

Frank Chin, Jeffrey Paul Chan, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Shawn Hsu Wong

2 Preface to Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings and Their Social Context

Elaine H. Kim

3 Not just a “Special Issue”: gender, sexuality, and post-1965 Afro Asian coalition building in the Yardbird Reader and This Bridge Called My Back

Cheryl Higashida

4 The Woman Warrior versus The Chinaman Pacific: must a Chinese American critic choose between feminism and heroism?

King-Kok Cheung

5 Heterogeneity, hybridity, multiplicity: marking Asian American differences

Lisa Lowe

6 Denationalization reconsidered: Asian American cultural criticism at a theoretical crossroads

Sau-Ling C. Wong

7 Asians on the Rim: transnational capital and local community in the making of contemporary Asian America

Arif Dirlik

8 Alienation, abjection, and Asian American citizenship and Asian American identity in difference and diaspora

David Leiwei Li

9 Modelling the nation: the Asian/American split

David Palumbo-Liu

10 The limits of (South Asian) names and labels: postcolonial or Asian American?

Lavina Dhingra Shankar

11 Is yellow black or white?

Gary Y. Okihiro

12 Of antiblack racism

Vijay Prashad

13 The racial triangulation of Asian Americans

Claire Jean Kim

14 Settlers of color and “immigrant” hegemony: “locals” in Hawai‘i

Haunani-Kay Trask

15 Missile internationalism

Kuan-Hsing Chen

16 (Dis)owning America

Kandice Chuh

17 Doing cultural studies inside APEC: literature, cultural identity, and global/local dynamics in the American Pacific

Rob Wilson

18 Disappearing clauses: reconstituting America in the unincorporated territories

Allan Punzalan Isaac

19 In dialogue with Asian American studies and Racial form

Colleen Lye

20 The interethnic paradigm and the case of Asian American fiction

Caroline Rody

Volume II: Prose: Fiction and Non-fiction21 America in the heart: political desire in Younghill Kang, Carlos Bulosan, Milton Murayama, and John Okada

Patricia P. Chu

22 Distinguishing literature and the work of translation: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée and repetition without return

Naoki Sakai

23 “The hybrids and the cosmopolitans”: race, gender, and masochism in Diana Chang’s The Frontiers of Love

Sandra Baringer

24 ‘Bled in, letter by letter’: translation, postmemory, and the subject of Korean War: history in Susan Choi’s The Foreign Student

Daniel Y. Kim

25 On the origins of Asian American literature: the Eaton sisters and the hybrid body

Viet Thanh Nguyen

26 Transversing nationalism, gender, and sexuality in Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters

Rachel Lee

27 Performance past correction: Gish Jen’s Mona in the Promised Land

Shameem Black

28 Ha Jin’s A Free Life: revisiting the Künstlerroman

Bettina Hofmann

29 Decolonizing the Bildungsroman: narratives of war and womanhood in Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Woman

Samina Najmi

30 Can Maxine Hong Kingston speak? The contingency of The Woman Warrior

David Leiwei Li

31 Ethical responsibility in intersubjective spaces: reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies and “A Temporary Matter”

Gita Rajan

32 Citizen Kwang: Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker and the politics of consent

Betsy Huang

33 On ascriptive and acquisitional Americanness: The Accidental Asian and the illogic of assimilation

David Leiwei Li

34 Race, regionalism, and biopower in Yokohama, California

Janice Tanemura

35 Sex acts as assimilation acts: female power and passing in Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife and Jasmine

Susan Koshy

36 Hawaii’s complex idyll: All I Asking for Is My Body

Stephen H. Sumida

37 Deconstructing a narrative hierarchy: Leila Leong’s “I” in Fae Myenne Ng’s Bone

Allen Gee

38 Enlarging the Vietnam canon: Sigrid Nunez’s For Rouenna

Philip D. Beidler

39 Counteracting the hegemonic discourse of “America”: Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats

Youngsuk Chae

40 Abjection, masculinity, and violence in Brian Roley’s American Son and Han Ong’s Fixer Chao

Eleanor Ty

41 “Sugar sisterhood”: situating the Amy Tan phenomenon

Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong

42 The end(s) of race

David L. Eng

43 Gaps and margins: sociology and assimilation in Jade Snow Wong and John Okada

Christopher Douglas

44 Appropriations of blackness

James Kyung-Jin Lee

45 Animals and systems of dirt in the works of Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Monica Chiu

46 The cartography of justice and truthful refractions in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange

Ruth Y. Hsu

47 Asian American autobiography for children: critical paradigms and creative practice

Rocío G. Davis

48 Bicultural world creation: Laurence Yep, Cynthia Kadahata, and Asian American fantasy

Celestine Woo

49 Homicidal tendencies: violence and the global economy in Asian American pulp fiction

Christopher A. Shinn

Volume III: Poetry

50 Transplantation and modernity: the Chinese/American poems of Angel Island

Steven G. Yao

51 A slightly-open door: Yone Noguchi and the invention of English haiku

Edward Marx

52 Writing the crises: the deployment of abjection in Ai’s dramatic monologues

Claudia Ingram

53 Still writing of the linden tree: the role of nature as preserver of the lyric in the poetry of Meena Alexander

Wendy Anne Kopisch

54 Intimacy and experiment in Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge’s Empathy

Charles Altieri

55 Modern warfare: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Myung Mi Kim

Josephine Nock-Hee Park

56 “I cannot find her”: the oriental feminine, racial melancholia, and Kimiko Hahn’s The Unbearable Heart

Juliana Chang

57 Beyond Lot’s wife: the immigration poems of Marilyn Chin, Garrett Hongo, Li-Young Lee, and David Mura

Mary Slowik

58 Yearning for the past: the dynamics of memory in Sansei internment poetry

Stan Yogi

59 Transcendentalism, ethnicity, and food in the work of Li-Young Lee

Wenying Xu

60 Beyond the length of an average penis: reading across traditions in the poetry of Timothy Liu

Richard Serrano

61 David Mura: where am I, the missing third?

Xiaojing Zhou

62 Body and female subjectivity in Cathy Song’s Picture Bride

Fu-Jen Chen

63 Mr. Moto’s monologue: John Yau and experimental Asian American writing

Timothy Yu

Volume IV: Drama and Performance

64 The Americanization of Americans: the phenomenon of Nisei Internment Camp Theater

Robert Cooperman

65 Asian Americans in progress: College Plays 1937–1955

Josephine Lee

66 Performing the margins: ethics and the poetics of Frank Chin’s theatrical discourse

Jinqi Ling

67 The mess behind the veil: assimilating Ping Chong

James Frieze

68 The dream of a butterfly

Rey Chow

69 De/posing stereotype on the Asian American stage

Tina Chen

70 Out of the melting pot and into the Frontera: race, sex, nation, and home in Velina Hasu Houston’s American Dreams

Michele Janette

71 Staging heterogeneity: contemporary Asian American drama

Christiane Schlote

72 Beyond identity politics: national and transnational dialogues in Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and Chay Yew’s A Beautiful Country

Nancy Cho

73 A sians in America: millennial approaches to Asian Pacific American performance

Karen Shimakawa

74 Asian American theatre in the 1990s

Esther Kim Lee

75 Kickin’ the white man’s ass: Black Power, aesthetics, and the Asian martial arts

Fred Ho

76 Rapping and repping Asian: race, authenticity, and the Asian American MC

Oliver Wang

77 Changing faces: recasting national identity in all-Asian(-)American dramas

Angela C. Pao

78 Violence, Hmong American visibility, and the precariousness of Asian race

Louisa Schein and Va-Megn Thoj

79 Cyberrace

Lisa Nakamura

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