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- DescriptionMaxine Hong Kingston's first book, Woman Warrior gained instant popularity and critical success, winning top national literary awards as well as a place on the best seller list. Readers recognized in China Men, a follow up memoir, and Tripmaster Monkey, a genre-defying vel, the same beguiling narrative voice and paramic prose. This critical study provides an introduction to Kingston's works with in-depth literary analysis of her three long narratives. It helps students understand the important thematic concerns, such as the immigrant acculturalization process and the literary invations such as the talk story narrative mode introduced by Kingston. Taking readers beyond these works, this volume offers a guided tour through the Asian immigrant experience, and the history of Asian American Literature. This study examines the tremendous cross-over appeal of Kingston's works with readers of all ages, genders, ethnic and national backgrounds. Readers are introduced to Maxine Hong Kingston with a fascinating biographical chapter. A literary heritage chapter examines t only how Kingston fits into the Asian American literary tradition, but also how her exuberant books helped shape and redefine this important area of literature. A full chapter is devoted to each work, covering all literary components; plot and narrative construction, character development, symbolism, historical context and themes. An alternate critical approach is also given for each work. An extensive bibliography covers works by and about Kingston.
- Author BiographyE. D. HUNTLEY is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is author of two previous volumes in the series, V.C. Andrews: A Critical Companion (Greenwood, 1996) and Amy Tan: A Critical Companion (Greenwood, 1998). Huntley has begun working on a study of gastronomy and detective fiction.
- Author(s)Edelma D. Huntley
- Date of Publication30/10/2000
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCritical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight490 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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