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Conversations with Maxine Hong Kingston : Literary Conversations - Paul Skenazy

Conversations with Maxine Hong Kingston

Literary Conversations

By: Paul Skenazy (Editor), Tera Martin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th June 2014
ISBN: 9781578060597
Number Of Pages: 266

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In 1976 Maxine Hong Kingston burst into American literature with the publication of The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. Since then her subsequent works--China Men (1980) and Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1989)--have startled readers with their complex projections of Asian-American life as a bi-cultural and bilingual adventure filled with contemporary confusions and ancient legends, inherited values, and new loyalties. Kingston has written of her family upbringing in Stockton, California, of the stories her mother told her as advice and warning, of her father's illegal arrival in the United States, of the exploits of grandfathers who worked on the rails in California, of San Francisco street life in the 1960s, and of traditional Chinese legends. Whatever her subject, she claims America for herself and other Asian Americans whose histories are an essential part of the larger American tapestry.

In this collection of interviews Kingston talks about her life, her writing, and her objectives. From the first, her books have hovered along the hazy line between fiction and nonfiction, memoir and imagination. As she answers her critics and readers, she both clarifies the differences and exults in the difficulties of distinguishing between the remembered and the re-created.

She explains how she worked to bridge her parents' Chinese dialect with American slang, how she learned to explore her inheritance and find new relevance in her mother's "talk stories," and how she developed the complex juxtapositions of myths and memoir that fill her books. Always savvy, often provocative, constantly amused and amusing, Kingston provides a vivid commentary on her writing and offers insight into a body of her work.

Maxine Hong Kingston: Something Comes from Outside Onto the Paperp. 1
Honolulu Interview: Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 5
Talk with Mrs. Kingstonp. 14
Interview with Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 21
An Interview with Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 33
To Be Able to See the Taop. 47
Eccentric Memories: A Conversation with Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 67
Talking with the Woman Warriorp. 77
Writing the Other: A Conversation with Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 86
Coming Homep. 104
Kingston at the Universityp. 118
Interview with Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 159
Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 168
Creating Peace Out of Pathosp. 189
Reinventing Peace: Conversations with Tripmaster Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 192
As Truthful as Possible: An Interview with Maxine Hong Kingstonp. 215
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9781578060597
ISBN-10: 1578060591
Series: Literary Conversations
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 24th June 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.39  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.49