Studies in the Literary Imagination

A semiannual scholarly literary journal, unique in that each issue is edited by one or more guest editors and devoted to a special topic or theme in literature. Covers a wide variety of topics from different ages and genres. Contributors are invited to su

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, Spring

Beyond the Silk Road: Staging a Queer Asian America in Chay Yew's Porcelain
David Drake: As an artist, how do you see yourself in the American landscape? Chay Yew: I'm not really sure. I guess the best way to describe my situation is the fable about a crow and a sparrow I wrote about in my play Porcelain--that's how I always...
Bridging the Gaps: Inescapable History in Lan Cao's Monkey Bridge
Myth and Secrecy: Obscuring the Vietnamese Past Renny Christopher identifies the "bicultural" stance of Vietnamese American writing as its most unique and universal characteristic. Christopher observes that "Vietnamese exile authors, while becoming...
Currents of Study: Charting the Course of Asian American Literary Criticism
Asian American literature has now been in production for over a century, (1) and recent decades have shown an exponential increase in its publication. With this critical mass firmly in place, Asian American literary criticism continues to grow as a...
Introduction: Cross Wire: Asian American Literary Criticism
She believes that out there, somewhere, in the machine rooms of the universe, there exists a small cross wire.... Everything is connected, weirdly connected. --Gish Jen (Mona in the Promised Land 108) Assuming that neural cross wiring does lie...
"Just Another Ethnic Pol": Literary Citizenship in Chang-Rae Lee's Native Speaker
It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story. --Agatha Christie (qtd. in Wertsman) The political importance attaching to languages derives from their being regarded as signs of race. Nothing...
Re-Signed Subjects: Women, Work, and World in the Fiction of Carlos Bulosan and Hisaye Yamamoto
I. THE POETICS OF INARTICULATION In a 1950 article on the latest crop of minority writers, author Ward Moore contrasts the aesthetics of Hisaye Yamamoto's and Carlos Bulosan's work as follows: Except that both are serious writers, the two have...
Speaking in Tongues: Myung Mi Kim's Stylized Mouths
No, "th", "th', put your tongue against the roof of your mouth, lean slightly against the back of the top teeth, then bring your bottom teeth up to barely touch your tongue and breathe out, and you should feel the tongue vibrating, "th', "th', look...
The Poetics of Liminality and Misidentification: Winnifred Eaton's Me and Maxine Hong Kingston's the Woman Warrior
In 1915, Century. Magazine serialized the anonymously authored Me: A Book of Remembrance, and the story and its author were soon caught in a whirlwind of controversy. Although the autobiography focused principally on the author's artistic maturation,...
The Politics of Ethnic Authorship: Li-Young Lee, Emerson, and Whitman at the Banquet Table
What is it in me would devour this world to utter it? ... I would eat it all to utter it ... I would devour this race to sing it ... I would eat Emerson, his transparent soul, his soporific transcendence. --Li-Young Lee, "The Cleaving" (83) ...
The Traveling of Art and the Art of Traveling: Chiang Yee's Painting and Chinese Cultural Tradition
In the early 1970s, Chiang Yee held an individual art exhibition in Hong Kong. Among numerous calligraphies and paintings was The Budai Monk, or The Cloth-bag Monk. The figure of the Budai Monk occupies the central portion of the painting, with a Chinese...
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