Transcultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short-story Cycles by Rocio DavisTranscultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short-story Cycles by Rocio Davis

Transcultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short-story Cycles

byRocio Davis

Paperback | January 1, 2001

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The short story cycle, a collection of stories that are simultaneously independent and interdependent, demonstrates a convergence of old traditions with a renewed concept of nationhood in a culturally plural society. The dynamics of the short-story cycle make it particularly approriate for the incorporation of immigrant legacies while adapting to the practices of the culture in which the work itself is created.

This book specifically analyzes major works by a number of important Asian American and Asian Canadian writers, such as Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Shyam Selvadurai, Amy Tan, Rohinton Mistry, Sara Suleri, Garrett Hongo, Terry Watada, Toshio Mori, Sylvia Watanabe, M G Vassanji and Wayson Choy. The manner in which these diverse writers appropriate the cycle in oder to dramatize the act of re-presentation of their origins becomes a metaphor for the complexity of modern culture and the process towards self-definition.

Rocio G Davis was born in Manila, Philippines, and is currently Assiciate Professor of American and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Navarre, Spain.
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Title:Transcultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short-story CyclesFormat:PaperbackPublished:January 1, 2001Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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Table of Contents

Contents: Transcultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short-story CyclesIntroduction: Asian American and Asian Canadian 1Short Story Cycles Myths of Childhood and the Voice of the Child: 27Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers and Shyam Selvadurai's Funny Boy Immigration and Creativity: 51Rohinton Mistry's Tales from Firozsha Baag and Sigrid Nunez's A Feather on the Breath of GodInscribing Mothers and Daughters: 78Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and Rachna Mara's Of Customs and ExciseRewriting History: Terry Watada's Daruma Days and 102Peter Bacho's Dark Blue Suit and Other StoriesCelebrating Place and Community: Toshio Mori's Yokohama, California, 128M G Vassanji's Uhuru Street, and Sylvia Watanabe's Talking to the DeadLife Writing and the Story Cycle: Sara Suleri's Meatless Days and 160Garrett Hongo's Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai'iA Cycle for Children: 185Paul Yee's Teach me to Fly, Skyfighter! and Other StoriesWayson Choy's The Jade Peony as Novella Cycle 198Conclusion: Transcultural Reinventions 215Bibliography 220

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"Transcultural Reinventions deserves notice for its commitment toa significant critical project." - Canadian Literature