Conversations With Gish Jen by John Zheng

Conversations With Gish Jen

EditorJohn Zheng, Biling Chen

Paperback | October 24, 2018

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Conversations with Gish Jen is the first collection of interviews with the renowned contemporary American author Gish Jen (b. 1955), whose acclaimed fiction and nonfiction have fascinated American readers for more than thirty years. The conversations in this book offer first-hand information not only about Jen?s authorial intentions, but also about her life as a daughter of Chinese immigrants. Spanning more than two decades, beginning in 1991 and ending with a new, unpublished interview from 2017, these interviews provide readers a sense of Jen?s development as a novelist and cultural critic.

Jen?s insights into the merits and drawbacks of Eastern and Western cultures, including American individualism and exceptionalism and Asian interdependent mindset and living principles, provide us with keys to understanding the identity struggles of the author herself as well as her fictional characters. The comparative approach Jen adopts in her comments on such topics as education, politics, business, religion, and concepts of creativity and success provokes readers to reflect on their relationships with themselves, with the society in which they live, and with the rest of the world. At the heart of these conversations is Jen?s sense of humor, which makes the book a joyful read for both scholars and casual fans of her work.

John Zheng is professor of English at Mississippi Valley State University and editor of The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku and African American Haiku: Cultural Visions, both published by University Press of Mississippi. His work has also been published in numerous journals including African American Review, Ea...
Title:Conversations With Gish JenFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:188 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:188 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inPublished:October 24, 2018Publisher:University Press of MississippiLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1496819330

ISBN - 13:9781496819338

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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