Item description for China Fictions/English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story. (Textxet Studies in Comparative Literature) by Robert A. Lee...
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).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 28, 2008
ISBN 9042023511 ISBN13 9789042023512
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An Essential Must Mar 25, 2008
I highly recommend *China Fiction/English Language* to anybody interested in (or a student of) world literature as well as Chinese literature as well as American literature. The essays offer a deep insight and analysis on Chinese fiction written in the diaspora or in a new found home. Without having read *China Fiction/English Language* one could not imagine how kaleidoscopic Chinese literature can be. The authors discussed have all a very different background, a different family history; some are Chinese living abroad, others as Kingston and Mo are no longer Chinese but authors with a Chinese ancestry. This is what is also central in *China Fiction/English Language*, it analysis the Chinese and European or American or Australian influences upon the authors and where in their work this becomes visible, with sometimes surprising results and conclusions.