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Maxine Hong Kingston
Simmons, Diane, 1948-
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Publication Information:
New York : Twayne Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 184 pages ; 23 cm.
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Central Library PS3561.I52 Z88 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This book-length study of Chinese American author Kinsgton includes insight on the historical context of "The Woman Warrior "and theoretical aspects of "Tripmaster Monkey."

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Choice Review

Finally, "the most widely taught living American author in American colleges and universities" is the subject of a book-length study. Like all titles in "Twayne's US Authors Series," this one includes a chronology of the author's life, an introductory biographical essay, and chapters devoted to, in this case, each of Kingston's three books. Simmons (CUNY, Burrough of Manhattan City College) devotes four of the seven chapters to The Woman Warrior, Kingston's first and most important book, and a chapter each to China Men and Tripmaster Monkey. Simmons's discussions of the books are sensible and accessible, and she does a good job of identifying the unifying theme of all three: the power of stories to create, for those oppressed by sexism and/or racism, a voice and identity independent of those imposed on them by their oppressors' needs. This reviewer would have appreciated a fuller exposition of the criticisms leveled by Frank Chin and others against Kingston's appropriation of Chinese myths and legends. Simmons's interview with Kingston (in an appendix) and the selected annotated bibliography are disappointingly brief. But like most of the "TUSAS" titles, this one affords a sound introduction to the author, her work, and its critical reception. All undergraduate and general collections. G. Grieve-Carlson; Lebanon Valley College

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