Paper Republic: Chinese Literature Matters

Remapping Chinese American literature: the case of Yan Geling

By Helen Wang, published

This is the title of Chapter 7 in Diasporic Representations: Reading Chinese American Women's Fiction by Pin-Chia Feng, published by LIT Verlag Münster, 2010.

Diasporic Representations examines the stratification of various diasporic subjectivities through a close reading of fiction by Chinese American women writers of different social and class backgrounds. Deploying a strategy of “attentive reading,” Feng engages intersecting issues of historicity, spatiality, and bodily imagination from diasporic and feminist perspectives to illuminate the dynamics of deterritorialization and reterritorialization in Chinese American novels in this transnational age.

Introduction: On a Colored Sky
Ch.1. Representing Chinatown: Space and Memory in Fae Myenne Ng's Bone
Ch.2. Ghostly China: Narrative of Transnational Haunting in Amy Tan's The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter ans Saving Fish from Drowning
Ch.3. Representing the New Hybrid Generation: Reinventing the Mother-Daughter Plot and Constructing Narratives of Relationality in Gish Jen's Mona in the Promised Land
Ch.4. The Spaces in between: Chinese American Biracial Women and Writings from the Borderlands
Ch.5. National History and Transnational Narration: Feminist Body Politics in Shirley Geok-lin Lim's Joss and Gold
Ch.6. At Home and Elsewhere: Diasporic Imagination and Transnational Migration in Nieh Hualing's Mulberry and Peach
Ch.7. Remapping Chinese American literature: the case of Yan Geling


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