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Literary Gestures: The Aesthetic in Asian American Writing
edited by Rocio G Davis and Sue-Im Lee
Temple University Press, 2005
Paper: 978-1-59213-365-9 | eISBN: 978-1-59213-366-6 | Cloth: 978-1-59213-364-2
Library of Congress Classification PS153.A84L58 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.9895

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Literary Gestures: The Aesthetic in Asian American Writing contests the dominance of materialist and cultural critiques in Asian American literary discourse by re-centering critical attention around issues of aesthetics and literary form. Collapsing the perceived divisions between the "ethnic" and the "aesthetic" in Asian American literary criticism, the eleven original essays in this volume provide theoretically sophisticated and formally sensitive readings of works in prose, poetry, and drama. These contributions bring discussions of genre, canonicity, narrative, and literary value to the fore to show how aesthetic and formal concerns play an important part in the production and consumption of these works. By calling for a more balanced mode of criticism, this collection invites students and scholars to reinvest in the literary, not as a negation of the sociopolitical, but as a complementary strategy in reading and understanding Asian American literature.
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