Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity

Hardcover | October 21, 2010

bySteven G. Yao

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Foreign Accents sets forth a historical poetics of verse by writers of Chinese descent in the U.S. from the early twentieth century to the present. With readings of works by Ezra Pound, Li-young Lee, Marilyn Chin, Ha Jin, and John Yau, this study charts the dimensions of Asian American verseas an evolving and contested counterpoetic formation.

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Foreign Accents sets forth a historical poetics of verse by writers of Chinese descent in the U.S. from the early twentieth century to the present. With readings of works by Ezra Pound, Li-young Lee, Marilyn Chin, Ha Jin, and John Yau, this study charts the dimensions of Asian American verseas an evolving and contested counterpoetic fo...

Steven G. Yao is Associate Professor of English at Hamilton College. He is the author of Translation and the Languages of Modernism (Palgrave 2002).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 21, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199730334

ISBN - 13:9780199730339

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: To Be (or Not to Be) the Poet: The Cultural Politics of Verse in Asian American Literature1. Toward a Pre-History of Asian American Verse: Pound, Cathay, and the Poetics of Chineseness2. Chinese/American Verse in Transnational Perspective: Racial Protest and the Poems of Angel IslandInterchapter: From the Language of Race to the Poetics of Ethnicity: The Rise of Asian American Verse3. 'A Voice from China': Ha Jin and the Cultural Politics of Anti-Socialist Realism4. The Precision of Persimmons: Li-young Lee, Ethic Identity, and the Limits of Lyric Testimony5. 'Are you hate speech or are you a lullaby?': Marilyn Chin and the Politics of Form in Chinese/American Verse6. 'the owner of one pock-marked tongue': John Yau and the Logic of Ethnic AbstractionConclusion: Chinese/American Verse in the Age of Post-ethnicity?Bibliography