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Title Asian American literature and the environment / edited by Lorna Fitzsimmons, Youngsuk Chae, Bella Adams.
Imprint New York : Routledge, 2015.

Series Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature ; 35.
Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature ; 35.
Subject American literature -- Asian American authors -- History and criticism.
Environmental protection in literature.
Ecology in literature.
Alt Name Fitzsimmons, Lorna, 1957-
Chae, Youngsuk,
Adams, Bella,
Description xxi, 223 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary "This book is a ground-breaking transnational study of representations of the environment in Asian American literature. Extending and renewing Asian American studies and ecocriticism by drawing the two fields into deeper dialogue, it brings Asian American writers to the center of ecocritical studies. This collection demonstrates the distinctiveness of Asian American writers' positions on topics of major concern today: environmental justice, identity and the land, war environments, consumption, urban environments, and the environment and creativity. Represented authors include Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ruth Ozeki, Ha Jin, Fae Myenne Ng, Le Ly Hayslip, Lan Cao, Mitsuye Yamada, Lawson Fusao Inada, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Milton Murayama, Don Lee, Mae Myenne Ng, and Hisaye Yamamoto. These writers provide a range of perspectives on the historical, social, psychological, economic, philosophical, and aesthetic responses of Asian Americans to the environment conceived in relation to labor, racism, immigration, domesticity, global capitalism, relocation, pollution, violence, and religion. Contributors apply a diversity of critical frameworks, including critical radical race studies, counter-memory studies, ecofeminism, and geomantic criticism. The book presents a compelling and timely "green" perspective through which to understand key works of Asian American literature and leads the field of ecocriticism into neglected terrain"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : Ecocriticism and Asian American literature / John Gamber -- Part 1 : The environment and labor. -- 1. Environmental narratives of American identity : landscape and belonging in Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men and Milton Murayama's All I Asking for Is My Body / Andrea Aebersold -- 2. Fae Myenne Ng's San Francisco Chinatown as a social space of legal discrimination / Wenying Xu -- 3. "Delving and Carving Rude Nature" : An ecocritical reading of Don Lee's Wrack and Ruin / Bella Adams -- Part 2 : The environment and violence. -- 4. Contested "Frontier" and "Pioneers" in writings about Japanese American concentration camps / Zhou Xiaojing -- 5. Tilling the soil in the killing fields : Cambodian American war memoirs / Helena Grice -- 6. Ecological imaginations, the Vietnam War, and Vietnamese American literature / Cathy J. Schlund-Vials -- 7. "Guns, Race, Meat, and Manifest Destiny" : environmental neocolonialism and ecofeminism in Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meats / Youngsuk Chae -- Part 3 : The environment and philosophy. -- 8. Hisaye Yamamoto as radical Agrarian / Sarah D. Wald -- 9. A geomantic reading of Asian diasporic literature / Stephen L. Field -- 10. Environment for "A Free Life" / King-Kok Cheung -- Afterword : Slow and structural violence / David L. Eng.
ISBN 9780415713238 (hardback)
0415713234 (hardback)
OCLC # 871211660

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