Literary Criticism

Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior

A Casebook

Author: Sau-ling Cynthia Wong

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195116540

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 193

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With the continued expansion of the literary canon, multicultural works of modern literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an increasing importance for students and scholars of American literature. This exciting new series assembles key documents and criticism concerning these works that have so recently become central components of the American literature curriculum. Each casebook will reprint documents relating to the work's historical context and reception, present the best in critical essays, and when possible, feature an interview of the author. The series will provide, for the first time, an accessible forum in which readers can come to a fuller understanding of these contemporary masterpieces and the unique aspects of American ethnic, racial, or cultural experience that they so ably portray. This case book presents a thought-provoking overview of critical debates surrounding The Woman Warrior, perhaps the best known Asian American literary work. The essays deal with such issues as the reception by various interpretive communities, canon formation, cultural authenticity, fictionality in autobiography, and feminist and poststructuralist subjectivity. The eight essays are supplemented an interview with the author and a bibliography.
Social Science

The Woman Warrior

Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Author: Maxine Hong Kingston

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307759334

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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In her award-winning book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston created an entirely new form—an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. First published in 1976, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identities—immigrant, female, Chinese, American. As a girl, Kingston lives in two confounding worlds: the California to which her parents have immigrated and the China of her mother’s “talk stories.” The fierce and wily women warriors of her mother’s tales clash jarringly with the harsh reality of female oppression out of which they come. Kingston’s sense of self emerges in the mystifying gaps in these stories, which she learns to fill with stories of her own. A warrior of words, she forges fractured myths and memories into an incandescent whole, achieving a new understanding of her family’s past and her own present.
Literary Collections

Maxine Hong Kingston's 'The Woman Warrior'

The translation of a chinese past into an american present

Author: Kristin Unger

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640140907

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 18

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Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts is “assembling [...] a distinct sense of self from the raw material of the lives and imaginations of countless other women of Chinese descent, a self-hood that must separate itself to appreciate the collective fabric it’s made of, and that is driven, further, to address the world at large.” This term paper discusses the novel The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts written by Maxine Hong Kingston in 1975 and its theme of silence and voicelessness in close connection to the author’s struggle to find her own identity as a Chinese American. I argue that Kingston employs the theme of silence in order to find her own voice as a Chinese woman living in an American society. Her quest starts with the words “’You must not tell anyone,’” but Kingston does exactly the opposite of this by telling her readers stories which were not to be told: of her dead aunt, her mother’s Chinese village, another aunt, who struggles with life in America, and finally her own struggle in finding her voice, i.e. her identity, within Chinese and American society. Therefore, Kingston is portraying a journey from voicelessness to voice. She begins with depicting “enforced silence” in the first chapter. In the end, the protagonist has overcome her struggle of identity and found her own voice. In addition, Kingston entwines her stories around the motif of translation in order to find her unique self. Altogether, this term paper argues that Maxine Hong Kingston portrays her struggle of finding her own identity by employing the motif of translation in combination with the theme of silence. By doing so Kingston uses language as a tool in order to constitute her own identity. The motif of translation is particularly important because Kingston’s finds her ‘American identity’ through the translation of traditional Chinese stories and myths. In this term paper I will, therefore, discuss the beginnings of Kingston’s silence, as well as the conflict between Chinese tradition and the American way of life in order to support the thesis mentioned above.
Art

Beauty Or Beast?

The Woman Warrior in the German Imagination from the Renaissance to the Present

Author: Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019955823X

Category: Art

Page: 309

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Encompassing literature, theatre, opera, and art Beauty or Beast? explores representations of the transgressive and frightening figure of the woman warrior in German culture. Watanabe-O'Kelly examines some of the most compelling works of Western culture - Cranach's and Klimt's paintings of Judith, Schiller's Joan of Arc, Hebbel's Judith, Wagner's Brünnhilde, Fritz Lang's Brünhild, and the ways in which women writers come to engage with theseimaginings.
Literary Criticism

A Study Guide for Maxine Hong Kingston's "The Woman Warrior"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning

ISBN: 141034956X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 25

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A Study Guide for Maxine Hong Kingston's "The Woman Warrior," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
Literary Criticism

CliffsNotes on Kingston's Woman Warrior

Author: Soon-Leng Chua

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544184602

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 110

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This is a powerful study of what it is like to grow up Chinese in America. The dichotomy of values and the cleaving of a life in two cultures, which must yet be lived in one united whole, make this both compelling and informative.
Literary Criticism

Approaches to Teaching Kingston's The Woman Warrior

Author: Shirley Lim

Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer

ISBN: 9780873527040

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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Now at seventy-three volumes, this popular MLA series (ISSN 10591133) addresses a broad range of literary texts. Each volume surveys teaching aids and critical material and brings together essays that apply a variety of perspectives to teaching the text. Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, student teachers, education specialists, and teachers in all humanities disciplines will find these volumes particularly helpful.
Literary Criticism

Maxine Hong Kingston's Broken Book of Life

An Intertextual Study of "The Woman Warrior" and "China Men

Author: Maureen Alice Sabine

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824827847

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

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The numerous studies of Maxine Hong Kingston's touchstone work The Woman Warrior fail to take into account the stories in China Men, which were largely written together with those in The Woman Warrior but later published separately. Although Hong Kingston's decision to separate the male and female narratives enabled readers to see the strength of the resulting feminist point of view in The Woman Warrior, the author has steadily maintained that to understand the book fully it was necessary to read its male companion text. Maureen Sabine's ambitious study of The Woman Warrior and China Men aims to bring these divided texts back together with a close reading that looks for the textual traces of the father in The Woman Warrior and shows how the daughter narrator tracks down his history in China Men. She considers theories of intertextuality that open up the possibility of a dynamic interplay between the two books and suggests that the Hong family women and men may be struggling for dialogue with each other even when they appear textually silent or apart.
Study Aids

The Woman Warrior

Notes ...

Author: Soon-Leng Chua,Margaret Poh Choo Chua

Publisher: Cliff Notes

ISBN: 9780822013815

Category: Study Aids

Page: 96

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This is a powerful study of what it is like to grow up Chinese in America. The dichotomy of values and the cleaving of a life in two cultures, which must yet be lived in one united whole, make this both compelling and informative.
Literary Criticism

Reading with a Difference

Gender, Race, and Cultural Identity

Author: Arthur F. Marotti

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814324936

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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"Reading with a Difference is a collection of eighteen essays that examines how issues of gender, race, and cultural identity inform texts from the seventeenth century to the present. Together the contributions document recent significant shifts occurring in the theoretical approach to the texts they study and illustrate how shifts in each of these categories affect how the others are viewed." "The first section of this anthology explores the notion that identity - particularly gender identity - is a cultural construct. The essays in the second section consider ways in which race and gender intersect with cultural identity and how encounters between different cultures challenge any identity constructed in isolation." "First published in the journal Criticism, these essays offer no blueprint for reading. Instead they encourage a rereading of canonical texts and a questioning of how these texts face matters of gender, race, and cultural identity; how they respond to the differences and the incongruities within the cultures from which they arise; and to which they speak."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Literary Criticism

Maxine Hong Kingston

A Critical Companion

Author: E. D. Huntley

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313308772

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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Examines the fiction and role in introducing the Asian American experience to mainstream readers through Maxine Hong Kinston and her three narrative works.

Die Ursache

Eine Andeutung

Author: Thomas Bernhard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783701715589

Category:

Page: 113

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Wie Thomas Bernhard Thomas Bernhard wurde Die Ursachen waren verheerend: das Internat ein Kerker, die Stadt eine Todeskrankheit, der Krieg und der Grossvater, der ihm nur von Grossem sprach, von Mozart, Rembrandt und Beethoven. Die Ursachen waren zerstörerisch, und sie hinterliessen unauslöschliche Spuren im Leben und im Werk Thomas Bernhards. Thomas Bernhard geboren am 9. Februar 1931, gestorben am 12. Februar 1989 in Gmunden (Oberösterreich). 1952-1957 Musik- und Schauspielstudium an der Akademie Mozarteum Salzburg, ab 1957 freier Schriftsteller. Zahlreiche Auszeichnungen, u. a. Österreichischer Staatspreis 1967, Georg-Büchner-Preis 1970.
Literary Criticism

From Girl to Woman

American Women's Coming-of-Age Narratives

Author: Christy Rishoi

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791457214

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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Examines the crucial role that coming-of-age narratives have played in American feminism.
Literary Criticism

Transnational Matrilineage

Mother Daughter Conflicts in Asian American Literature

Author: Silvia Schultermandl

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825812626

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Transnational Matrilineage offers a novel approach to Asian American literature, including texts by Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Mei Ng, Nora Okja Keller and Vineeta Vijayaragahavan, with particular attention to depictions of transnational solidarity (that is the sense of community between women of different cultures or cultural affiliations) between Asian-born mothers and their American-born daughters. While focusing on the mother-daughter conflicts these texts portray, this book also contributes to ongoing debates in transnational feminism by scrutinizing the representation of Asia in Asian American literature.
Social Science

Transnational, National, and Personal Voices

New Perspectives on Asian American and Asian Diasporic Women Writers

Author: Elisabetta Marino

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825882785

Category: Social Science

Page: 259

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"The growing heterogeneity of Asian American and Asian diasporic voices has also given rise to variegated theoretical approaches to these literatures. This book attempts to encompass both the increasing awareness of diasporic and transnational issues, and more ""traditional"" analyses of Asian American culture and literature. Thus, the articles in this collection range from investigations into the politics of literary and cinematic representation, to ""digging"" into the past through ""literary archeology"", or analyzing how ""consequential"" bodies can be in recent literature by Asian American and Asian diasporic women writers. The book closes with an interview with critic and writer Shirley Lim, where she insightfully deals with these ""transnational, national, and personal"" issues. Elisabetta Marino is Assistant Professor of English literature at the University of Rome ""Tor Vergata"". Her main fields of interest are Asian American and Asian British literature, children's literature, Italian American literature. Begoña Simal is Assistant Professor of English literature at the Universidade da Coruña, Spain. She has published critical work on both Asian American literature and comparative ""cross-ethnic"" studies. "
English philology

MLAIB und ABELL

periodische Fachbibliographien, CD-ROM- und Online-Datenbanken zur Anglistik

Author: Jost Hindersmann

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825833589

Category: English philology

Page: 93

View: 7407

Literary Criticism

Negotiating Identities

An Introduction to Asian American Women's Writing

Author: Helen Grice

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719060311

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

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Despite the surge in publications by Asian American women, relatively little critical work exists which contextualises the history of Asian American women's writing within broader traditions of ethnic American and feminist literatures. This is a study of the development of writing by Asian-American women in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on the successful late 20th-century writers such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Joy Kogawa, Bharati Mukherjee and Gish Jen. It relates the development of Asian writing by women in America - with a comparative element incorporating Britain - to a series of theoretical preoccupations: the mother/daughter dyad, biracialism, ethnic histories, citizenship, genre and the idea of home. Grice accounts for the popularity and critical and commercial success of these writers at the start of the third millennium.
Juvenile Nonfiction

The Hero's Journey

Author: Harold Bloom,Blake Hobby

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791098036

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 242

View: 3925

Explores the literary theme of the hero's journey in twenty essays covering works by authors as varied as Virgil and Maxine Hong Kingston.
Literary Criticism

Supernatural Forces

Belief, Difference, and Power in Contemporary Works by Ethnic Women

Author: Bonnie C. Winsbro

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9780870238802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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Analyses the works of six authors, which treat seriously a belief in such supernatural figures as witches, healers, and ghosts. The authors provide a multicultural perspective by drawing on their own experiences of cultural conflict, suggesting that the world is defined by many realities.