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Chinese American Literature without Borders

Gender, Genre, and Form

Authors: Cheung, King-Kok

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  • Opens up a transpacific conversation by discussing both Chinese and Chinese American writers
  • Appeals to scholars in fields such as American Studies, gender studies, comparative literature, transnational literature, world literature, and Chinese literature
  • Introduces alternative codes of femininity and masculinity: roots for creative women and caring men of letters.
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About this book

This book bridges comparative literature and American studies by using an intercultural and bilingual approach to Chinese American literature. King-Kok Cheung launches a new transnational exchange by examining both Chinese and Chinese American writers. Part 1 presents alternative forms of masculinity that transcend conventional associations of valor with aggression. It examines gender refashioning in light of the Chinese dyadic ideal of wen-wu (verbal arts and martial arts), while redefining both in the process. Part 2 highlights the writers’ formal innovations by presenting alternative autobiography, theory, metafiction, and translation. In doing so, Cheung puts in relief the literary experiments of the writers, who interweave hybrid poetics with two-pronged geopolitical critiques. The writers examined provide a reflexive lens through which transpacific audiences are beckoned to view the “other” country and to look homeward without blinders.   

About the authors

King-Kok Cheung is Professor of English and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA. She is author of Articulate Silences and editor of Words Matter; An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature; "Seventeen Syllables"; Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography; and coeditor of The Heath Anthology of American Literature.

 

Reviews

“A compelling model for transpacific comparative studies, this book provincializes both Euro-American and Asian-American literary studies through deft crossings of cultural, linguistic, and literary boundaries, demonstrating the powerful and productive functions of cross-pollination.” (Ali Behdad, John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

“King-Kok Cheung makes a valiant call to break the shackles of literary insularity. This magnanimous work gives Chinese American writers an exuberant presence in the global literary landscape.” (Marilyn Chin, Professor of English, San Diego State University, USA)

“This is transnational study at its best. King-Kok Cheung opens up the field to transcultural voices and perspectives as the best intervention against orientalist, masculinist, and racist constructions of Asian Americans.” (Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Professor of History, Brown University, USA) 

“As an intellectual migrant and bilingual critic, King-Kok Cheung bridges 7,000 miles and 3,000 years. This book refashions our views about Chinese American masculinity, feminism, aesthetics, and the act of writing itself.” (Te-hsing Shan, Distinguished Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

“Cheung’s jargon-free style and close textual analyses provide a wealth of resources for continuing a transnational dialogue across the Pacific among writers, students, translators, critics, and artists who are interested in the world of literature as it is written today…. It’s the real deal, for those of you interested in Chinese and Asian American literature, comparative literature, life-writing, gender studies, sexuality studies, Sinophone Studies, postcolonial studies, transnational studies, poetry and fiction.” (Russell C. Leong, Editor, Cuny Forum, City University of New York)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Cheung, King-Kok

    Pages 1-25

  • (S)wordswoman versus (S)wordsman: Maxine Hong Kingston and Frank Chin

    Cheung, King-Kok

    Pages 29-66

  • Manhood Besieged: Gus Lee and David Wong Louie

    Cheung, King-Kok

    Pages 67-99

  • Masculine Mystique: Xu Zhimo 徐志摩, Younghill Kang, Pang-Mei Natasha Chang, and Anchee Min

    Cheung, King-Kok

    Pages 101-139

  • Art, Spirituality, and Ren or the Ethics of Care: Shawn Wong, Li-Young Lee, and Russell C. Leong

    Cheung, King-Kok

    Pages 141-170

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-44177-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $90.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45353-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA
  • Unpublished eBooks cannot be pre-ordered in advance.
  • Due: March 10, 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-349-68701-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chinese American Literature without Borders
Book Subtitle
Gender, Genre, and Form
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-44177-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-44177-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45353-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-68701-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 326
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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