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By Sau-ling Cynthia Wong

A fresh explosion of publishing job through a variety of proficient writers has put Asian American literature within the limelight. because the box of Asian American literary reports profits expanding reputation, notwithstanding, questions of misreading and appropriation unavoidably come up. How is the growing to be physique of Asian American works to be learn? What holds them jointly to represent a convention? What distinguishes this practice from the "mainstream" canon and different "minority" literatures? within the first finished booklet on Asian American literature because Elaine Kim's ground-breaking 1982 quantity, Sau-ling Wong addresses those matters and explores their implications for the multiculturalist agenda.

Wong does so by means of developing the "intertextuality" of Asian American literature in the course of the learn of 4 motifs--food and consuming, the Doppelg,nger determine, mobility, and play--in their a number of sociohistorical contexts. taking place throughout ethnic subgroup, gender, classification, generational, and historic limitations, those motifs resonate with one another in quite Asian American styles that universalistic theories can't discover. rhetorical figures from Maxine Hong Kingston's The girl Warrior, "Necessity" and "Extravagance," extra unify this unique, wide-ranging research. Authors studied contain Carlos Bulosan, Frank Chin, Ashley Sheun Dunn, David Henry Hwang, Lonny Kaneko, Maxine Hong Kingston, pleasure Kogawa, David Wong Louie, Darrell Lum, Wing Tek Lum, Toshio Mori, Bharati Mukherjee, Fae Myenne Ng, Bienvenido Santos, Monica Sone, Amy Tan, Yoshiko Uchida, Shawn Wong, Hisaye Yamamoto, and Wakako Yamauchi.

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