Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior: A Casebook by Sau-ling Cynthia Wong

By Sau-ling Cynthia Wong

With the continuing growth of the literary canon, multicultural works of contemporary literary fiction and autobiography have assumed an expanding value for college kids and students of yankee literature. This interesting new sequence assembles key files and feedback pertaining to those works that experience so lately turn into critical parts of the yank literature curriculum. each one casebook will reprint files when it comes to the work's historic context and reception, current the easiest in severe essays, and whilst attainable, function an interview of the writer. The sequence will supply, for the 1st time, an available discussion board during which readers can come to a fuller knowing of those modern masterpieces and the original points of yank ethnic, racial, or cultural event that they so ably portray.This case ebook provides a thought-provoking review of serious debates surrounding the lady Warrior, probably the simplest identified Asian American literary paintings. The essays take care of such matters because the reception via a variety of interpretive groups, canon formation, cultural authenticity, fictionality in autobiography, and feminist and poststructuralist subjectivity. The 8 essays are supplemented an interview with the writer and a bibliography.

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Their tongues touched and they shivered. The night the young lesbian militant grabbed Joan's naked male member vibrating at full tumescence, her mind snapped. A yelp squirted out of her throat. Her hand clenched in a deathgrip around Joan's throbbing hardon. She chanted Hail Marys and tried to 26 Frank Chin face west, but had lost all sense of direction. Joan's member shrank out of the grasp of the only girl Joan of Arc ever loved. If Joan had only known the Chinese were using compasses at this time, she might have turned her dead comrade-in-arms' and lover's face to the west.

Quite unlike the generalizations about Chinese culture in I've Come a Long Way or Father and Glorious Descendant, which are meant to be encapsulations of superior knowledge, those in The Woman Warrior bespeak a tentative groping toward understanding. From fragmentary and haphazard evidence, the protagonist has to piece together a coherent picture of the culture she is enjoined to preserve against American influence. The effort is so frustrating that she exclaims in exasperation: "I don't see how they kept up a continuous culture for five thousand years.

Moreover, Chinese Americans, who have been subjected to genoddal immigration policies,19 are placed in the situation of permanent guests who must earn their keep by adding the spice of variety to American life—by selectively maintaining aspects of traditional Chinese culture and language fascinating to whites. " The irony is that many readers from within the ethnic group itself have, like the detractors of The Woman Warrior, inadvertently contributed to this simplified and often condescending view by likewise positing a direct pipeline of cultural authenticity between the collectivity and the individual.

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