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Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction - B. Huang

Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction

By: B. Huang

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This book examines the influence of genre on contemporary Asian American literary production. Drawing on cultural theories of representation, social theories of identity, and poststructuralist genre theory, this study shows how popular prose fictions have severely constrained the development of Asian American literary aesthetics.

"The brilliance of Huang's work is that she makes readers rethink and reconsider genres that are often interfaced with and considered in reductive ways." - Asian American Literature Fans



"Huang does a masterful job of interrogating genre's relationship to knowledge production. In her efforts to develop a 'transformative Asian American politics of form,' Huang treats both established and emergent Asian American writers and through her focus on three highly structured types of genre fiction - immigrant fiction, crime fiction, and science fiction - she encourages critics to not just read familiar texts differently, but to read a variety of texts that don't currently rest easily within the rubric of 'Asian American literature.' This project should cement Huang's position as a leading scholar in the field of Asian American genre criticism." - Tina Chen, The Pennsylvania State University and author of Double Agency: Acts of Impersonation in Asian American Literature and Culture



"Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction broadens and invigorates critical studies of genres in Asian American literature, offering nuanced, theoretically informed analyses of generic characteristics, including those of crime fiction and science fiction. It makes a compelling argument for the necessity to understand genres as social constructs, as modes of knowledge production, and as disciplinary techniques of subject constitution." - Zhou Xiaojing, Professor of English, University of the Pacific

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: "Generic" Asian Americans?p. 1
Troubling the Generic Watersp. 1
"Regenreing" Fictions of Asian Americap. 4
Generic Sui Generis: On Asian American Immigrant Fictionp. 11
Genres of Assimilationismp. 11
le thi diem thuy and The "I" We Are All Looking Forp. 17
Chang-rae Lee and the Counter-Gestures of Life Writingp. 29
Recriminations: On Asian American Crime Fictionp. 47
Criminalizing Asian Americap. 47
The Offenses of Charlie Chan and Chinatownp. 51
The Difficult Case of Asian American Crime Fictionp. 55
Dashiell Hammett's Chinatown: "Dead Yellow Women"p. 59
Wayne Wang's Chinatown: Chan Is Missingp. 66
Ed Lin's Chinatown: This Is a Bustp. 72
Susan Choi's Radical Recriminations: American Womanp. 80
Reorientations: On Asian American Science Fictionp. 95
Alienating Asian Americap. 95
Retooling Asian American Fiction, Regenreing Science Fictionp. 100
Exemplary Estrangement: Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life"p. 102
Mechanical Aspirations: Greg Pak's Robot Storiesp. 113
Future Imperfect: Cynthia Kadohata's In the Heart of the Valley of Lovep. 127
Conclusion: The Genre is the Messagep. 141
Notesp. 147
Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780230108318
ISBN-10: 0230108318
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 19th January 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1