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China Fictions/English Language

Literary Essays in Diaspora (Textxet Studies in Comparative Literature)

By A. Robert Lee (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 352 pages
Published In: Netherlands, 20 February 2008
The world is anything but unfamiliar with diaspora: Jewish, African, Armenian, Roma-Gipsy, Filipino/a, Tamil, Irish or Italian, even Japanese. But few have carried so global a resonance as that of China. What, then, of literary-cultural expression, the huge body of fiction which has addressed itself to that plurality of lives and geographies which have come to be known as "After China"? This collection of essays offers bearings on those written in English, and in which both memory and story are central, spanning the USA to Australia, Canada to the UK, Hong Kong to Singapore, with yet others of more transnational nature. This collection opens with a reprise of woman-authored Chinese American fiction using Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan as departure points. In turn follow readings of the oeuvres of Tan and Frank Chin. A comparative essay takes up novels by Canadian, American and Australian authors from the perspective of migrancy as fracture. Chinese Canada comes into view in accounts of SKY Lee, Wayson Choy, Evelyn Lau and Larissa Lai. Australia under Chinese literary auspices is given a comparative mapping through the fiction of Brian Castro and Ouyang Yu.The English language "China fiction" of Singapore and Hong Kong is located in essays centred, respectively, on Martin Booth and Po Wah Lam, and Hwee Hwee Tan and Colin Cheong. The collection rounds out with portraits of Timothy Mo as British transnational author, a selection of contextual Chinese British stories and art, and the phenomenon of "Chinese Chick Lit" novels. China Fictions/English Language will be of interest to readers drawn both to "After China" as diasporic literary heritage and comparative literature in general. A. Robert Lee is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo, having previously taught at the University Kent, UK. His publications include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-America (1998), Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions (2003), which won the American Book Award for 2004, Japan Textures: Sight and Word, with Mark Gresham (2007), and Gothic to Multicultural: Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction (2008).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Helena GRICE: "The beginning is hers": The Political and Literary Legacies of Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan Cynthia F. WONG: Asymmetries: Loss and Forgiveness in the Novels of Amy Tan A. Robert LEE: Bad Boy, Godfather, Storyteller: The China Fictions of Frank Chin Deborah L. MADSEN: Bearing the Diasporic Burden: Representations of Suicide in SKY Lee's Disappearing Moon Cafe, Fae Myenne Ng's Bone, and Hsu-Ming Teo's Love and Vertigo Rocio G. DAVIS: Chinatown as Diaspora Space in SKY Lee's Disappearing Moon Cafe and Wayson Choy's The Jade Peony Mary CONDE: Canadian Border Crossings: Evelyn Lau and Larissa Lai Nicholas BIRNS: The Earth's Revenge: Nature, Transfeminism and Diaspora in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl Nicholas BIRNS: Diaspora Beyond Millenium: Brian Castro, Ouyang Yu, and Chinese Australia Elaine YEE LIN HO: Childhood and The Cultural Memory of Hong Kong: Martin Booth's Gweilo and Po Wah Lam's The Locust Hunter Robbie B. H. GOH: The Anxiety of Influences: Dis-Locating Authority, Culture and Identity in the Novels of Colin Cheong Robbie B. H. GOH, Writing "The Global" in Singapore Anglophone Fiction: Language, Vision and Resonance in Hwee Hwee Tan's Fiction Laura HALL: The Shit Hits The Fan: Timothy Mo's New World Disorder Diana YEH: Contested Belongings: The Politics and Poetics of Making a Home in Britain Wenche OMMUNDSEN: From China With Love: Chick Lit and The New Crossover Fiction Notes on Contributors

About the Author

A. Robert Lee is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo, having previously taught at the University of Kent, UK. His publications include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-America (1998), Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions (2003), which won the American Book Award for 2004, Japan Textures: Sight and Word, with Mark Gresham (2007), and Gothic to Multicultural: Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction (2008).

EAN: 9789042023512
ISBN: 9042023511
Publisher: Editions Rodopi B.V.
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.01 centimetres (0.52 kg)
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