The Bonesetter s Daughter

The Bonesetter s Daughter
Author: Amy Tan
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2001-02-19
ISBN: 1101202955
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bonesetter s Daughter Book Excerpt:

A mother and daughter find what they share in their bones in this compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. Ruth Young and her widowed mother have always had a difficult relationship. But when she discovers writings that vividly describe her mother’s tumultuous life growing up in China, Ruth discovers a side of LuLing that she never knew existed. Transported to a backwoods village known as Immortal Heart, Ruth learns of secrets passed along by a mute nursemaid, Precious Auntie; of a cave where dragon bones are mined; of the crumbling ravine known as the End of the World; and of the curse that LuLing believes she released through betrayal. Within the calligraphied pages awaits the truth about a mother's heart, secrets she cannot tell her daughter, yet hopes she will never forget... Conjuring the pain of broken dreams and the power of myths, The Bonesetter’s Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes.

A Study Guide for Amy Tan s The Bonesetter s Daughter

A Study Guide for Amy Tan s  The Bonesetter s Daughter
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 15
Release: 2015-09-24
ISBN: 1410319709
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for Amy Tan s The Bonesetter s Daughter Book Excerpt:

A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "The Bonesetter's Daughter," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Amy Tan

Amy Tan
Author: Bella Adams
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2005-07-22
ISBN: 9780719062070
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amy Tan Book Excerpt:

This is the first study to cover Tan's entire oeuvre, and offers students and general readers an accessible, probing analysis of Tan's highly successful novels within broader debates about the representation of identity, history and reality.

The Gift of Story

The Gift of Story
Author: Emily Griesinger,Mark A. Eaton
Publsiher: Baylor University Press
Total Pages: 391
Release: 2006
ISBN: 1932792473
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gift of Story Book Excerpt:

The Gift of Story brings contemporary literature and film into conversation with the grand Christian narrative. This book examines the specific connections between contemporary cultural meta-narratives (the stories humans typically tell about themselves) and the ideas of hope found in Christianity. Despite postmodernism's skepticism about narrative, the dialogue with contemporary fiction, drama, music and film demonstrates that the Christian story can engender and sustain hope.

Reading Amy Tan

Reading Amy Tan
Author: Lan Dong
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 138
Release: 2009
ISBN: 0313355460
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reading Amy Tan Book Excerpt:

Presents a critical introduction to the work of the Chinese-American author, discussing her five novels, her short stories, her characters, language, and major themes.

Oral and Written Narratives and Cultural Identity

Oral and Written Narratives and Cultural Identity
Author: Francisco Cota Fagundes,Irene Maria Blayer
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2007
ISBN: 9780820488615
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oral and Written Narratives and Cultural Identity Book Excerpt:

This interdisciplinary volume centers on the interrelations of storytelling and various manifestations of cultural identity, from written to oral and from autobiographical to regional and national. Indigenous storytelling, as well as storytelling for and by children and the elderly, are the main focus of these essays. Together, these fifteen texts make a significant contribution toward a deeper understanding of various aspects of textual and oral narrative: they broaden the lines of inquiry into multidisciplinary and multicultural interests, particularly those centering on the construction, expression, and contextualization of various types of identity; and they illustrate the deployment of storytelling not only as testimony, contestation, and subversion - but also as peacebuilding. Many countries, languages and cultures are herein represented - from the United States and Canada to Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia, from English to Japanese to Greek to Italian to the languages of indigenous peoples of Latin America and the Philippines.

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Amy Tan

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Amy Tan
Author: Audrey Borus
Publsiher: Enslow Publishing, LLC
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2016-07-15
ISBN: 0766079163
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reading and Interpreting the Works of Amy Tan Book Excerpt:

Amy Tan was born to Chinese immigrants who worked hard to fulfill their own version of the American Dream. After tragedy befell her family when she was a teenager, a tumultuous period followed in which Tan and her mother often clashed. This text reveals how biographical elements like these largely influenced the recurring themes in many of her novels. Tan's unique view on the Chinese-American experience and mother-daughter relationships, along with her use of setting, point of view, and a unique writing style are closely examined through excerpts from the books as well as critical analysis. Quotations from Tan herself help readers gain a better understanding and appreciation for this critically acclaimed author.

The Non literate Other

The Non literate Other
Author: Helga Ramsey-Kurz
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 506
Release: 2007-01
ISBN: 904202240X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Non literate Other Book Excerpt:

Public debates on the benefits and dangers of mass literacy prompted nineteenth-century British authors to write about illiteracy. Since the early twentieth century writers outside Europe have paid increasing attention to the subject as a measure both of cultural dependence and independence. So far literary studies has taken little notice of this.The Non-Literate Other: Readings of Illiteracy in Twentieth-Century Novels in English offers explanations for this lack of interest in illiteracy amongst scholars of literature, and attempts to remedy this neglect by posing the question of how writers use their literacy to write about a condition radically unlike their own. Answers to this question are given in the analysis of nineteen works featuring illiterates yet never before studied for doing so. The book explores the scriptlessness of Neanderthals in William Golding, of barbarians in Angela Carter, David Malouf, and J.M. Coetzee, of African natives in Joseph Conrad and Chinua Achebe, of Maoris in Patricia Grace and Chippewas in Louise Erdrich, of fugitive or former slaves and their descendants in Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, and Ernest Gaines, of Untouchables in Mulk Raj Anand and Salman Rushdie, and of migrants in Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa, and Amy Tan. In so doing it conveys a clear sense of the complexity and variability of the phenomenon of non-literacy as well as its fictional resourcefulness.

Companion to Literature

Companion to Literature
Author: Abby H. P. Werlock
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 842
Release: 2009-01-01
ISBN: 143812743X
Category: Short stories, American
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Companion to Literature Book Excerpt:

This encyclopedia features an informative introduction that surveys the history of the short story in the United States, interprets the current literary landscape, and points to new and future trends. --from publisher description.

Transnational Matrilineage

Transnational Matrilineage
Author: Silvia Schultermandl
Publsiher: LIT Verlag Münster
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2009
ISBN: 3825812626
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transnational Matrilineage Book Excerpt:

Transnational Matrilineage offers a novel approach to Asian American literature, including texts by Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Mei Ng, Nora Okja Keller and Vineeta Vijayaragahavan, with particular attention to depictions of transnational solidarity (that is the sense of community between women of different cultures or cultural affiliations) between Asian-born mothers and their American-born daughters. While focusing on the mother-daughter conflicts these texts portray, this book also contributes to ongoing debates in transnational feminism by scrutinizing the representation of Asia in Asian American literature.

Positioning the New

Positioning the New
Author: Elisabetta Marino,Tanfer Emin Tunc
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 250
Release: 2010-09-13
ISBN: 1443825476
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Positioning the New Book Excerpt:

This ground-breaking edited volume includes chapters which explore the past, present and future position of Chinese American authors within the framework of what Harold Bloom identifies as the “Western literary canon.” These selections, which simultaneously represent the exciting “transnational turn” in American literary studies, not only examine whether or not Chinese American literature is inside or outside the canon, but also question if there is, or should be, a literary canon at all. Moreover, they dissect the canonicity of Chinese American literature by elucidating the social, political and cultural implications of inclusion in the canon. Ultimately, however, this collection is designed as a preliminary step towards exploring the impact of Chinese American literature on the white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant-dominated American literary world, and probing the by-products of both cultural fusion and cultural collision.

I Am My Mother s Daughter

I Am My Mother s Daughter
Author: Iris Krasnow
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2007-08-01
ISBN: 0465008380
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Am My Mother s Daughter Book Excerpt:

Iris Krasnow -- mother, daughter, and best-selling Journalist -- tackles the toughest relationship in the lives of many grown women: the mother-daughter bond. With women's life expectancy inching up past eighty, you may be embroiled with your mother well past the time your own hair turns white. The good news: Living longer means more time to make peace -- and this book shows you how. Drawing on her own experience with her colorful eighty-four-year-old mother and the collective wisdom of more than one hundred other adult daughters, Krasnow offers a fresh perspective on how to overcome the anger, guilt, and resentment that can destroy a family. The time to repair the bond is now, she reminds us: You can't kiss and make up at her funeral. The key is to let go of the fantasy mom and embrace the flesh-and-blood woman, with all her flaws.

Amy Tan

Amy Tan
Author: Mark Mussari
Publsiher: Marshall Cavendish
Total Pages: 125
Release: 2011
ISBN: 9780761441274
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amy Tan Book Excerpt:

Presents the life and career of the Chinese American writer, describing her childhood as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, the early success of her first novel, and the major themes and characters of her works.

Amy Tan

Amy Tan
Author: Ann Angel
Publsiher: Enslow Publishing, LLC
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2007-01-01
ISBN: 9780766029620
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amy Tan Book Excerpt:

"A biography of Chinese-American author Amy Tan"--Provided by publisher.

Now Read this II

Now Read this II
Author: Nancy Pearl
Publsiher: Libraries Unlimited
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2002
ISBN: 9781563088674
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Now Read this II Book Excerpt:

Offers an annotated listing of 1,000 acclaimed or award-winning novels, each with a plot summary, indication of suitability for a discussion group, list of subject headings, and recommendations for similar titles.

Mother Tongue Theologies

Mother Tongue Theologies
Author: Darren J. N. Middleton
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2010-01-01
ISBN: 1556359659
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mother Tongue Theologies Book Excerpt:

Recognizing that one-third of the world's Christians practice their faith outside Europe and North America, the fourteen essays in Mother Tongue Theologies explore how international fiction depicts Christianity's dramatic movement South and East of Jerusalem as well as North and West. Structured by geographical region, this collection captures the many ways in which people around the globe receive Christianity. It also celebrates postcolonial literature's diversity. And it highlights non-Western authors' biblical literacy, addressing how and why locally rooted Christians invoke Scripture in their pursuit of personal as well as social transformation. Featured authors include Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constantine Cavafy, Scott Cairns, Chinua Achebe, Madam Afua Kuma, Earl Lovelace, V. S. Reid, Ernesto Cardenal, Helena Parente Cunha, Arundhati Roy, Mary Martha Sherwood, Marguerite Butler, R. M. Ballantyne, Rudyard Kipling, Nora Okja Keller, Amy Tan, Albert Wendt, and Louise Erdrich. Individual essayists rightly come to different conclusions about Christianity's global character. Some connect missionary work with colonialism as well as cultural imperialism, for example, and yet others accentuate how indigenous cultures amalgamate with Christianity's foreignness to produce mesmerizing, multiple identities. Differences notwithstanding, Mother Tongue Theologies delves into the moral and spiritual issues that arise out of the cut and thrust of native responses to Western Christian presence and pressure. Ultimately, this anthology suggests the reward of listening for and to such responses, particularly in literary art, will be a wider and deeper discernment of the merits and demerits of post-Western Christianity, especially for Christians living in the so-called post-Christian West. List of Contributors: Isabel Asensio-Sierra Di Gan Blackburn Mini Chandran Evgenia V. Cherkasova John Estes Jack A. Hill J. A. Jackson Ellin Sterne Jimmerson Ymitri Mathison Catherine Winn Merritt Darren J. N. Middleton Mozella G. Mitchell Sinead Moynihan J. Stephen Pearson Eric J. Sterling

Reverberations of Silence

Reverberations of Silence
Author: Márta Pellérdi,Gabriella Reuss
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 335
Release: 2014-08-11
ISBN: 1443865850
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reverberations of Silence Book Excerpt:

Whether a conscious choice or constraint, silence has always been the result of oppression, censorship, trauma, and mental or physical handicap. Its provocative and mysterious nature has always motivated readers and critics towards interpretation. The present volume offers to read and interpret silence – unexpressed emotions, thoughts, hesitations and gestures – on mainly a textual and verbal level. How is the pervasive presence of silence explained in literature and linguistics? The collected scholarly essays in this volume offer a wide range of answers. The majority of the writings are literary critical in nature, focusing on major and less well-known literary texts from the Renaissance until the twentieth century. The authors approach the works of Spenser, Shakespeare, Shelley, Dickinson, Wright, Auster, Tan and Ishiguro among others, as well as less well-known, silent or silenced authors and their texts with equal dedication. Other essays included in the volume either deal with the problem of translating gaps and hiatuses or focus on capturing the phenomenon of silence in speech, through analyzing ellipsis, emptiness and hesitations in spoken language. The controversial and manifold aspects of silence are captured and interpreted in this volume.

Modern China and the West

Modern China and the West
Author: Hsiao-yen Peng,Isabelle Rabut
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 374
Release: 2014-03-07
ISBN: 9004270221
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Modern China and the West Book Excerpt:

In Modern China and the West: Translation and Cultural Mediation, the authors investigate the significant role translation plays in cultural mediation. Transnational organizations that bring about cross-cultural interactions as well as regulating authorities, in the form of both nation-states and ideologies, are under scrutiny.

Diasporic Representations

Diasporic Representations
Author: Pin-chia Feng
Publsiher: LIT Verlag Münster
Total Pages: 199
Release: 2010
ISBN: 3643108311
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Diasporic Representations Book Excerpt:

Diasporic Representations examines the stratification of various diasporic subjectivities through a close reading of fiction by Chinese American women writers of different social and class backgrounds. Deploying a strategy of “attentive reading,” Feng engages intersecting issues of historicity, spatiality, and bodily imagination from diasporic and feminist perspectives to illuminate the dynamics of deterritorialization and reterritorialization in Chinese American novels in this transnational age.

Amy Tan

Amy Tan
Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-01-24
ISBN: 1476602603
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amy Tan Book Excerpt:

In the mid–1980s, Amy Tan was a successful but unhappy corporate speechwriter. By the end of the decade, she was perched firmly atop the best-seller lists with The Joy Luck Club, with more popular novels to follow. Tan’s work—once pigeonholed as ethnic literature—resonates with universal themes that cross cultural and ideological boundaries, and prove wildly successful with readers of all stripes. Tender, sincere, complex, honest and uncompromising in its portrayal of Chinese culture and its affect on women, Amy Tan’s work earned her both praise and excoriation from critics, adoration from fans, and a place as one of America’s most notable modern writers. This reference work introduces and summarizes Amy Tan’s life, her body of literature, and her characters. The main text is comprised of entries covering characters, dates, historical figures and events, allusions, motifs and themes from her works. The entries combine critical insights with generous citations from primary and secondary sources. Each entry concludes with a selected bibliography. There is also a chronology of Tan’s family history and her life. Appendices provide an overlapping timeline of historical and fictional events in Tan’s work; a glossary of foreign terms found in her writing; and a list of related writing and research topics. An extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index accompany the text.