The Joy Luck Club

Tan, Amy

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 Saving Fish from Drowning (2005). 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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Amy Tan
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of The Joy Luck Club in multiple chapters
Amy Tan: A Critical Companion
E. D. Huntley.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Joy Luck Club (1988)"
Asian American Women Writers
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of The Joy Luck Club begins on p. 81
Memory and the Ethnic Self: Reading Amy Tan's 'The Joy Luck Club.' (Special Issue: Varieties of Ethnic Criticism)
Xu, Ben.
MELUS, Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring 1994
Family Plots: The De-Oedipalization of Popular Culture
Dana Heller.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "'A Possible Sharing': Ethnicizing Mother-Daughter Romance in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club"
"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
Narrative Beginnings in Amy Tan's the Joy Luck Club: A Feminist Study (1)
Romagnolo, Catherine.
Studies in the Novel, Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring 2003
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
Betrayal and Other Acts of Subversion: Feminism, Sexual Politics, Asian American Women's Literature
Leslie Bow.
Princeton University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Landscape of Emotions?: Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club" begins on p. 92
Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender
Jerilyn Fisher; Ellen S. Silber.
Greenwood Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "'Thinking Different' in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club (1989)" begins on p. 163
Imagining the Nation: Asian American Literature and Cultural Consent
David Leiwei Li.
Stanford University, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Genes, Generation, and Geospiritual (Be)Longings"
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