Amy Tan

Amy Tan, 1952–, American novelist, b. Oakland, Calif. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she has taken for her theme the lives of Asian-Americans and the generational and cultural differences among them, concentrating on women's experiences. Tan's novels include The Joy Luck Club (1989), The Kitchen God's Wife (1991), The Hundred Secret Senses (1995), The Bonesetter's Daughter (2001), and The Valley of Amazement (2013). She has also written a children's book, The Moon Lady (1992), and essays, e.g., the autobiographical pieces collected in The Opposite of Fate (2003).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Amy Tan: A Critical Companion
E. D. Huntley.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Amy Tan
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 2001
Asian American Women Writers
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Amy Tan" begins on p. 81
The Silencing Effect of Canonicity: Authorship and the Written Word in Amy Tan's Novels
Dunick, Lisa M. S.
MELUS, Vol. 31, No. 2, Summer 2006
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Private Voices, Public Lives: Women Speak on the Literary Life
Nancy Owen Nelson.
University of North Texas Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Mother/Daughter Dialog(ic)s in, around and about Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club" begins on p. 111
"Only Two Kinds of Daughters": Inter-Monologue Dialogicity in 'The Joy Luck Club.'(Theory, Culture and Criticism)
Souris, Stephen.
MELUS, Vol. 19, No. 2, Summer 1994
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"Chinese and Dogs" in Amy Tan's the Hundred Secret Senses: Ethnicizing the Primitive a la New Age
Ma, Sheng-mei.
MELUS, Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring 2001
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Representing History in Amy Tan's the Kitchen God's Wife
Adams, Bella.
MELUS, Vol. 28, No. 2, Summer 2003
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The Deathly Embrace: Orientalism and Asian American Identity
Sheng-Mei Ma.
University of Minnesota Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Five "The Chinese Siamese Cat: Chinoiserie and Ethnic Stereotypes"
Cultural Translation and the Exorcist: A Reading of Kingston's and Tan's Ghost Stories
Lee, Ken-fang.
MELUS, Vol. 29, No. 2, Summer 2004
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Mules and Dragons: Popular Culture Images in the Selected Writings of African-American and Chinese-American Women Writers
Mary E. Young.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Sui Sin Far to Amy Tan"
Chinese American Women, Language, and Moving Subjectivity
Chen, Victoria.
Women and Language, Vol. 18, No. 1, Spring 1995
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Asian American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Emmanuel S. Nelson.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Amy Tan" begins on p. 365
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