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Introduction

  • King-Kok Cheung
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Abstract

Chinese American Literature without Borders bridges comparative literature and American studies by using an intercultural and bilingual approach to Chinese American literature. It looks both ways at the United States and China to reveal the writers’ multiple geopolitical engagements. Part I presents alternative forms of masculinity. It examines gender refashioning in light of the Chinese dyadic ideal of wen-wu (literary arts and martial arts), while redefining both in the process. Part II presents alternative forms of autobiography, theory, metafiction, pastoral, and translation. It puts in relief the formal experiments of the writers, who interweave hybrid poetics with two-pronged critiques. The writers examined provide a reflexive lens through which transpacific audiences are beckoned to view the “other” country and to look homeward without blinders.

Keywords

American Literature Masculine Ideal Chinese Writer Postcolonialist Theory American Writing 
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  • King-Kok Cheung
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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