Narrating Nationalisms: Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

byJinqi Ling

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This book rereads five major works by John Okada, Louis Chu, Frank Chin, and Maxine Hong Kingston in order to reconceptualize the relationship between the past and present of post-WWII Asian American literary history. Drawing on work in cultural studies, postmodern and poststructuralisttheory, social history, and neo-pragmatism, Ling offers fresh perspectives on the cultural politics and formal strategies of texts too often seen in recent criticism as devoid of complexities and fraught with totalizing implications. In challenging uncritical adoption of posthumanist views ofhistory, agency, and identity in Asian American cultural criticism, this pioneering book opens an approach to Asian American literary texts that simultaneously registers their rich specificity and relatedness to works before and after.

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This book rereads five major works by John Okada, Louis Chu, Frank Chin, and Maxine Hong Kingston in order to reconceptualize the relationship between the past and present of post-WWII Asian American literary history. Drawing on work in cultural studies, postmodern and poststructuralisttheory, social history, and neo-pragmatism, Ling o...

Jinqi Ling is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.39 × 5.71 × 0.91 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195111168

ISBN - 13:9780195111163

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"In this book Jinqi Ling explores questions of racial identity and cultural politics in terms of the formal choice of realist narrative by early Asian American writers, and he seeks to revise current critical opinions in which realist narrative is considered complicit with the hegemony ofWestern culture.... Although each chapter brings fresh insights to familiar texts, I find the chapters on Chu and Kingston to be especially engaging.... [It makes an] important contribution...to our understanding of the political meanings of form in Asian American literature." --Mark Chiang,American Literature