Ecocriticism and Asian American Literature

Gold Mountains, Weedflowers and Murky Globes

  • Begoña Simal-González

Part of the Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment book series (LCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-273

About this book


Ecocriticism and Asian American Literature: Gold Mountains, Weedflowers and Murky Globes offers an ecocritical reinterpretation of Asian American literature. The book considers more than a century of Asian American writing, from Eaton’s Mrs. Spring Fragrance (1912) to Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being (2013), through an ecocritical lens. The volume explores the most relevant landmarks in Asian American literature: the first-contact narratives written by Bulosan, Kingston, Mukherjee and Jen; the controversial texts published by Sui Sin Far (Edith Eaton) at the time of the Yellow Peril; the rise of cultural nationalism in the 1970s and 1980s, illustrated by Wong’s Homebase and Kingston’s China Men; old and recent examples of “internment literature” dealing with the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII (Sone, Houston, Miyake, Kadohata); and the new trends in Asian American literature since the 1990s, exemplified by Yamashita’s and Ozeki’s novels, which explore the challenges of our transnational, transnatural era. Begoña Simal-González’s ecocritical readings of these texts provide crucial interdisciplinary insights, addressing and analyzing important narratives within Asian American culture and literature. 


ecocritical reading literature and the environment Asian American Literature Chinese American literature Japanese American literature Japanese internment literature Maxine Hong Kingston Edith Eaton

Authors and affiliations

  • Begoña Simal-González
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidade de CoruñaA Coruña, GaliciaSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-35617-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-35618-7
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