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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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In Search of the Woman Warrior

Four Mythical Archetypes for Modern Women

Author: Richard J. Lane,Jay Wurts

Publisher: Element Books Limited

ISBN: 9781862043138

Category: Psychology

Page: 314

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The authors present the many Warrior Women figures seen throughout history & literature, & a system for determining your Warrior Woman personality.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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