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The Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature

1st Edition

Edited by Rachel Lee


522 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature offers a general introduction as well as a range of critical approaches to this important and expanding field. Divided into three sections, the volume:

  • Introduces "keywords" connecting the theories, themes and methodologies distinctive to Asian American Literature
  • Addresses historical periods, geographies and literary identities
  • Looks at different genre, form and interdisciplinarity

With 41 essays from scholars in the field this collection is a comprehensive guide to a significant area of literary study for students and teachers of Ethnic American, Asian diasporic and Pacific Islander Literature.

Contributors: Christine Bacareza Balance, Victor Bascara, Leslie Bow, Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson, Tina Chen, Anne Anlin Cheng, Mark Chiang, Patricia P. Chu, Robert Diaz, Pin-chia Feng, Tara Fickle, Donald Goellnicht, Helena Grice, Eric Hayot, Tamara C. Ho, Hsuan L. Hsu, Mark C. Jerng, Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Daniel Y. Kim, Jodi Kim, James Kyung-Jin Lee, Rachel C. Lee, Jinqi Ling, Colleen Lye, Sean Metzger, Susette Min, Susan Y. Najita, Viet Thanh Nguyen, erin Khuê Ninh, Eve Oishi, Josephine Nock-Hee Park, Steven Salaita, Shu-mei Shi, Rajini Srikanth, Brian Kim Stefans, Erin Suzuki, Theresa Tensuan, Cynthia Tolentino, Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, Eleanor Ty, Traise Yamamoto, Timothy Yu.


'…student researchers will appreciate the abundant attention accorded notables such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Chang-rae Lee, Jessica Hagedorn, Jhumpa Lahiri, and others. There are helpful, individual, hyphenated-ethnic literary group assessments, including an informative study of Asian Canadian literature by Donald Goellnicht and Eleanor Ty. Mark Chiang’s “Cultural Capital,” one of the strongest essays, considers the embrace of successful authors such as Lahiri and Lee by mainstream American fiction readers and the prickly range of criticism in turn.'

--T. Carolan, University of the Fraser Valley in Choice, January 2015.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Rachel C. Lee Part 1: Keywords 1. Adoptee, Mark Jerng 2. Aesthetics, Susette Min 3. Affective Labor/Family/Filialty, Erin Ninh 4. Agency/Asiancy, Tina Chen 5. Biopolitics, Rachel Lee 6. Coolie, Eric Hayot 7. Cultural Capital, Mark Chiang 8. Empire, Victor Bascara 9. Fashion, Thuy Tu 10. Fetish, Leslie Bow 11. I-Hotel, Eve Oishi 12. Imprisonment/ Internment/Detention, Joshua Chambers-Letson 13. Militarization, Jodi Kim 14. Oceania, Susan Najita 15. Sexuality, Robert Diaz Part 2: Geographies, Literary Ethnoscapes, and Historical Periods 16. 19th Century Orientalism, Hsuan Hsu 17. Arab American literature, Steven Salaita 18. Asian American 1960s, Colleen Lye 19. Asian Canadian, Eleanor Ty 20. Burmese American Literature, Tamara Ho 21. East Asian Approaches to Asian American Literary Studies, Pin-chia Feng 22. Equatorial Archipelagoes, Cynthia Tolentino 23. European Asian American Literary Studies, Helena Grice 24. Korean War Fiction, Daniel Kim 25. Late [Global] Capital, Laura Hyun Yi Kang 26. Modernism, Anne Cheng 27. Sinophone American literature, Shu-mei Shi 28. Subcontinent, Rajini Srinkanth 29. Transpacific, Erin Suzuki 30. Viet Nam, Viet Nguyen Part 3: Genre, Form, (Inter)Disciplinarity 31. Asian American Autobiography, Traise Yamamoto 32. Avant-garde, Timothy Yu 33. Bildung, Patricia Chu 34. Comics, Theresa Tensuan 35. Narrative and Gaming, Tara Fickle 36. New Media, Brian Kim Stefans 37. Pathography/Illness Narratives, James Kyung-Jin Lee 38. Performance, Sean Metzger 39. Poetry, Josephine Park 40. Song, Orality, and Pop, Christine Balance 41. Speculative Fictions, Jinqi Ling

About the Editor

Rachel C. Lee is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women at UCLA. She specialises in Asian American literature, performance culture and studies of gender and sexuality, and is the author of The Americas of Asian American Literature: Gendered Fictions of Nation and Transnation (Princeton University Press, 1999), and lead editor of the volume Asian America.Net: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Cyberspace (Routledge, 2003)

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Routledge Literature Companions

Field-defining volumes in new and exciting areas of literary studies. These volumes are ideal introductions for beginners, or handy volumes for those already working in the field: summarising current scholarship, whilst pushing the boundaries of emerging trends they are must-have collections.

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