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Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography

Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography explores some of the latest developments in the literary and cultural practices of Canadians of Asian heritage. While earlier work by ethnic, multicultural, or minority writers in Canada was often concerned with immigration, the moment of arrival, issues of assimilation, and conflicts between generations, literary and cultural production in the new millennium no longer focuses solely on the conflict between the Old World and the New or the clashes between culture of origin and adopted culture. No longer are minority authors identifying simply with their ethnic or racial cultural background in opposition to dominant culture. The essays in this collection explore ways in which Asian Canadian authors (such as Larissa Lai, Shani Mootoo, Fred Wah, Hiromi Goto, Suniti Namjoshi, and Ying Chen) and artists (such as Ken Lum, Paul Wong, and Laiwan) have gone beyond what Francoise Lionnet calls autoethnography, or ethnographic autobiography. They demonstrate the ways representations of race and ethnicity, particularly in works by Asian Canadians in the last decade, have changedhave become more playful, untraditional, aesthetically and ideologically transgressive, and exciting.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; The Politics of the Beyond: 43 Theses on Autoethnography & Complicity; Autoethnography Otherwise: Challenging Poetics & Re-Meaning Race in Fred Wah's Creative Critical Writing; Tides of Belonging: Reconfiguring the Autoethnographic Paradigm in Shani Mootoo's He Drown She in the Sea; Strategizing the Body of History: Anxious Writing, Absent Subjects, & Marketing the Nation; The Politics of Gender & Genre in Asian Canadian Women's Speculative Fiction: Hiromi Goto & Larissa Lai; "auto-hyphen-ethno-hyphen-graphy": Fred Wah's Creative-Critical Writing; Troubling the Mosaic: Larissa Lai's When Fox Is a Thousand, Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night, & Representations of Social Differences; Ken Lum, Paul Wong, & the Aesthetics of Multiculturalism; Potent Textuality: Laiwan's Cyborg Poetics; "Do not exploit me again & again": Queering Autoethnography in Suniti Namjoshi's Goja: An Autobiographical Myth; An Ethnos of Difference, a Praxis of Inclusion: The Ethics of Global Citizenship in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night; Ying Chen's "Poetic Rebellion": Relocating the Dialogue, In Search of Narrative Renewal; Index.

About the Author

Eleanor Ty is a professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published on contemporary ethnic texts, and on 18th-century British women writers. She is the author of Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives (2010) and co-editor, with Christl Verduyn, of Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography (WLU Press, 2008). Christl Verduyn is a professor of Canadian Studies and Womenas Studies at Trent University. Her books include Margaret Laurence : An Appreciation; Dear Marian, Dear Hugh: The MacLennan-Engel Correspondence; Lifelines: Marian Engelas Writings and Literary Pluralities . She received the Gabrielle Roy Book Prize for Lifelines .


"Beyond Autoethnography offers an impressive set of critical interventions that illustrate the range of scholarship in Asian Canadian literary studies and will be of great interest to scholars and students of contemporary Asian Canadian culture."--Christopher Lee "Pacific Affairs, Volume 82, no. 2, Summer 2009 " "The essay collection is noteworthy in its comprehensive analysis of a diverse range of literary texts, and analysis that involves a critical examination of autoethnographic writing in its complicity with and departures from representations of otherness."--Ranbir K. Banwait "Canadian Literature 204 "

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