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Filthy Fictions : Asian American Literature by Women - Monica Chiu

Filthy Fictions

Asian American Literature by Women

Paperback Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780759104563
Number Of Pages: 210

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Filthy Fictions addresses Asian American literature by women to explore and explode the sedimented and solidified meanings we have created about 'Asian Americans' and 'dirt' through dialogues that not only cross disciplinary and institutional formations and borders, but also question the very borders and territories upon which these arguments may be founded. Expertly questioning the construction of the ethnic body, the book discusses critical discourses in ethnic and feminist studies around the topic of identity (re)production and transnational representation.

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In focusing on dirt as a unifying metaphor, Filthy Fictions productively advances our understanding of the processes of racial formation and its enmeshing with sexual difference. Monica Chiu pushes the topic in often unexpected directions: not its literal appearance as trash or contaminant, but as sexual impurity, bestiality, food taboos, and hypochondria. In theorizing race as pathology, her book creates a ground-floor discussion of the political investments of a number of noncanonical Asian American texts. In the end, her concern is not really about filth, but about the transformation of 'nature' into culture and the violence that attends that transformation.--Leslie Bow, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Pejorative Matterp. 1
Abjection, Displacement, and Psychological Dissonance in Chuang Hua's Crossingsp. 25
Ginu Kamani's Crass, Classed, and Incurable Female Bodiesp. 59
Animals and Systems of Dirt in the Novels of Lois-Ann Yamanakap. 85
Inside the Meat Machine: Food, Filth, and (In)Fertility in Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meatsp. 133
Conclusion: Filth and Asian American Literary Criticismp. 167
Referencesp. 171
Indexp. 187
About the Authorp. 197
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ISBN: 9780759104563
ISBN-10: 0759104565
Series: Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st January 2004
Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 16.15  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 11

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