Maxine Hong Kingstons The Woman Warrior: A Casebook

Paperback | April 22, 1999

EditorSau-ling Cynthia Wong

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these worksthat have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide,for the first time, an accessible forum in r ich readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray. This case book presents a thought-provoking overview of critical debates surrounding The Woman Warrior, perhaps the best known Asian American literary work. The essays deal with such issues as the reception by various interpretive communities, canon formation, cultural authenticity, fictionality inautobiography, and feminist and poststructuralist subjectivity. The eight essays are supplemented an interview with the author and a bibliography.

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The most widely read Asian-American book in American universities, The Woman Warrior is a thought-provoking read. This casebook is a collection of the critical debates and ideas about the novel, dealing with various issues. Some of these are feminist subjectivity, cultural authenticity and fictionality in autobiography. An interview wi...

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these worksthat have so recently become central components...

Say-ling Cynthia Wong is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.71 inPublished:April 22, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195116550

ISBN - 13:9780195116557

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Table of Contents

Sau-ling Cynthia Wong: IntroductionPart I: Setting Forth Issues and DebatesYa-jie Zhang: A Chinese Woman's Response to Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman WarriorFrank Chin: The Most Popular Book in ChinaSau-ling Cynthia Wong: Autobiography as Guided Chinatown Tour? Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior and the Chinese American Autobiography ControversyPart II: Gender, Genre, and "Theory"Sidonie Smith: Filiality and Woman's Autobiographical StorytellingLeslie W. Rabine: No Lost Paradise: Social Gender and Symbolic Gender in the Writings of Maxine Hong KingstonPart III: A Chinese American Tradition in an Era of "Multiculturalism"King-kok Cheung: The Woman Warrior versus the Chinaman Pacific: Must a Chinese American Critic Choose between Feminism and Heroism?Amy Ling: Chinese American Women Writers: The Tradition behind Maxine Hong KingstonReed Way Dasenbrock: Intelligibility and Meaningfulness in Multicultural Literature in English (Excerpts)Part IV: An InterviewSusan Brownmiller Talks with Maxine Hong Kingston, Author of The Woman WarriorAnnotated Select BibliographyBibliography

From Our Editors

The most widely read Asian-American book in American universities, The Woman Warrior is a thought-provoking read. This casebook is a collection of the critical debates and ideas about the novel, dealing with various issues. Some of these are feminist subjectivity, cultural authenticity and fictionality in autobiography. An interview with author Maxine Hong Kingston is also included.

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"Collects key documents and criticism on one of the most widely read literary texts in America's colleges and universities today...An excellent guide for the instructors and students alike who wish to have a quick tour of the critical landscape of this phenomenal work of Asian Americanliterature and still capture some of the highlights of its vast scholarship." Rocky Mountain Review