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Author Sohn, Stephen Hong,
Title Racial asymmetries : Asian American fictional worlds / Stephen Hong Sohn.
Imprint New York : New York University Press, [2014]

Author Sohn, Stephen Hong,
Series American Literature Initiative
American Literature Initiative.
Subject Lee, Chang-rae. Aloft.
Foster, Sesshu. Atomik Aztex.
Murray, Sabina. Carnivore's inquiry.
Nunez, Sigrid. Last of her kind.
American literature -- Asian American authors -- History and criticism.
First person narrative -- History and criticism.
Point of view (Literature)
Race in literature.
Subjectivity in literature.
Equality in literature.
Add Title Asian American fictional worlds
Description 1 online resource (ix, 288 pages).
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Summary "Challenging the tidy links among authorial position, narrative perspective, and fictional content, Stephen Hong Sohn argues that Asian American authors have never been limited to writing about Asian American characters or contexts. Racial Asymmetries specifically examines the importance of first person narration in Asian American fiction published in the postrace era, focusing on those cultural productions in which the author's ethnoracial makeup does not directly overlap with that of the storytelling perspective. Through rigorous analysis of novels and short fiction, such as Sesshu Foster's Atomik Aztex, Sabina Murray's A Carnivore's Inquiry and Sigrid Nunez's The Last of Her Kind, Sohn reveals how the construction of narrative perspective allows the Asian American writer a flexible aesthetic canvas upon which to engage issues of oppression and inequity, power and subjectivity, and the complicated construction of racial identity. Speaking to concerns running through postcolonial studies and American literature at large, Racial Asymmetries employs an interdisciplinary approach to reveal the unbounded nature of fictional worlds. Stephen Hong Sohn is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University. He is the co-editor of Transnational Asian American Literature: Sites and Transits"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The Many Storytellers of Asian American Fiction -- White Flight, White Narration: Suburban Deviancies in Chang-Rae Lee's Aloft -- When the Minor Becomes Major: Asian American Literary California, Chicano Narration, and Sesshu Foster's Atomik Aztex -- The Incomplete Biography in the Post? Civil Rights Era: Narrating Imagined Lives in Sigrid Nunez's Fictions -- Comparative Colonial Narration: Conquest and Consumption in Sabina Murray's Fictions -- Impossible Narration: Racial Analogies and Asian American Speculative Fictions -- Coda: Fiction Unbound.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781479800551 (electronic bk.)
1479800554 (electronic bk.)
9781479800070 (hardback)
1479800074 (hardback)
9781479800278 (pb)
1479800279 (pb)
OCLC # 869904577
Additional Format Print version: Sohn, Stephen Hong. Racial asymmetries. New York : New York University Press, [2014] 9781479800070 (DLC) 2013027468 (OCoLC)844308883

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