Contesting Genres In Contemporary Asian American Fiction

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byBetsy Huang

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This book answers recent calls in criticism and theory to examine the influence of genre on contemporary Asian American literary production.  Drawing on cultural theories of representation, social theories of identity, and poststructuralist genre theory, this study shows how popular prose fictions have severely constrained the development of Asian American literary aesthetics. 

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This book answers recent calls in criticism and theory to examine the influence of genre on contemporary Asian American literary production.  Drawing on cultural theories of representation, social theories of identity, and poststructuralist genre theory, this study shows how popular prose fictions have severely constrained the developm...

Betsy Huang is Associate Professor of English at Clark University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.38 × 5.68 × 0.6 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Introduction: “Generic” Asian Americans? * Troubling the Generic Waters * “Regenreing” Fictions of Asian America * Chapter One: Generic Sui Generis: On Asian American Immigrant Fiction * Genres of Assimilationism * le thi diem thuy and The “I” We Are All Looking For * Chang-rae Lee and the Counter-Gestures of Life Writing * Chapter Two: Recriminations: On Asian American Crime Fiction * Criminalizing Asian America * The Offenses of Charlie Chan and Chinatown * The Difficult Case of Asian American Crime Fiction * Dashiell Hammett’s Chinatown: “Dead Yellow Women” * Wayne Wang’s Chinatown: Chan Is Missing * Ed Lin’s Chinatown: This Is a Bust * Susan Choi’s Radical Recriminations: American Woman * Chapter Three: Reorientations: On Asian American Science Fiction * Alienating Asian America * Retooling Asian American Fiction, Regenreing Science Fiction * Exemplary Estrangement: Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life * Mechanical Aspirations: Greg Pak’s Robot Stories * Future Imperfect: Cynthia Kadohata’s In the Heart of the Valley of Love * Conclusion: The Genre is the Message 

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"The brilliance of Huang’s work is that she makes readers rethink and reconsider genres that are often interfaced with and considered in reductive ways."--Asian American Literature Fans“Huang does a masterful job of interrogating genre’s relationship to knowledge production. In her efforts to develop a ‘transformative Asian American politics of form,’ Huang treats both established and emergent Asian American writers and through her focus on three highly structured types of genre fiction--immigrant fiction, crime fiction, and science fiction--she encourages critics to not just read familiar texts differently, but to read a variety of texts that don’t currently rest easily within the rubric of ‘Asian American literature.’ This project should cement Huang’s position as a leading scholar in the field of Asian American genre criticism.”--Tina Chen, The Pennsylvania State University and author of Double Agency: Acts of Impersonation in Asian American Literature and Culture“Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction broadens and invigorates critical studies of genres in Asian American literature, offering nuanced, theoretically informed analyses of generic characteristics, including those of crime fiction and science fiction. It makes a compelling argument for the necessity to understand genres as social constructs, as modes of knowledge production, and as disciplinary techniques of subject constitution.”--Zhou Xiaojing, Professor of English, University of the Pacific