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Narrating Nationalisms : Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature - Jinqi Ling

Narrating Nationalisms

Ideology and Form in Asian American Literature

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Published: 1st May 1998
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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 poststructuralist theory, 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 of history, 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.

"Jinqi Ling's NARRATING NATIONALISMS liberates Asian American literature from the ideological strictures of academic postmodernism. Ling demonstrates how ideas about race, gender and class in the second half of the 20th century are shaped by Asian American writers in their works, as the writers themselves are consciously shaped by their social and political conditions. This is a vital text for understanding imagination and ideology in the formation of Asian American literature."-- Russell C. Leong Editor, Amerasia Journal, UCLA "Narrating Nationalisms is a valuable and original intervention into Asian American cultural controversies. The study engages in a tactful yet provocative manner with the current debates on Asian American cultural production, particularly the debates regarding the nature of its oppositional status vis-a-vis dominant American culture. Deploying relevant and erudite concepts on linguistic and cultural phenomenon to explore, elucidate and re-claim selected Asian American literary productions, it is marked by a syncretic and synthesizing power, clarity, and nimbleness. [Lim cont] Ling covers a great deal of ground in a succinct and tightly argued manner, offering both the historicized cultural contexts of central Asian American textheoretical re-considerations on the traditions of realistic narrative and postmodern aesthetics. His book presents a model of interdisciplinary scholarship carefully constructed on clearly formulated and theoretically informed insights."--Shirley Lim, University of California, Santa Barbara "Jinqi Ling's NARRATING NATIONALISMS liberates Asian American literature from the ideological strictures of academic postmodernism. Ling demonstrates how ideas about race, gender and class in the second half of the 20th century are shaped by Asian American writers in their works, as the writers themselves are consciously shaped by their social and political conditions. This is a vital text for understanding imagination and ideology in the formation of Asian American literature."-- Russell C. Leong Editor, Amerasia Journal, UCLA "Narrating Nationalisms is a valuable and original intervention into Asian American cultural controversies. The study engages in a tactful yet provocative manner with the current debates on Asian American cultural production, particularly the debates regarding the nature of its oppositional status vis-a-vis dominant American culture. Deploying relevant and erudite concepts on linguistic and cultural phenomenon to explore, elucidate and re-claim selected Asian American literary productions, it is marked by a syncretic and synthesizing power, clarity, and nimbleness. [Lim cont] Ling covers a great deal of ground in a succinct and tightly argued manner, offering both the historicized cultural contexts of central Asian American textheoretical re-considerations on the traditions of realistic narrative and postmodern aesthetics. His book presents a model of interdisciplinary scholarship carefully constructed on clearly formulated and theoretically informed insights."--Shirley Lim, University of California, Santa Barbara "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 of Western 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

History, Entanglement, and Negotiated Changep. 3
Writing the Novel, Narrating Discontents: Race and Cultural Politics in John Okada's No-No Boyp. 31
Realist Intervention and the Return of the Repressed: Reading Class, Gender, and Culture in Louis Chu's Eat a Bowl of Teap. 53
Performing the Margins: Ethics and the Poetics of Frank Chin's Theatrical Discoursep. 79
Maxine Hong Kingston's Remapping of Asian American Historical Imagination in China Menp. 110
Critical Negotiations: Issues in Asian American Cultural Studiesp. 139
Conclusionp. 163
Notesp. 167
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780195111163
ISBN-10: 0195111168
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st May 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.7  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.43