Ethnography, Translation and Intertextual Travel in Twentieth-Century American Literature
By (author) Yunte Huang
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Transpacific Displacement by Yunte Huang
Book DescriptionYunte Huang takes a most original "ethnographic" approach to more and less well-known American texts as he traces what he calls the transpacific displacement of cultural meanings through twentieth-century America's imaging of Asia. Informed by the politics of linguistic appropriation and disappropriation, Transpacific Displacement opens with a radically new reading of Imagism through the work of Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell. Huang relates Imagism to earlier linguistic ethnographies of Asia and to racist representations of Asians in American pop culture, such as the book and movie character Charlie Chan, then shows that Asian American writers subject both literary Orientalism and racial stereotyping to double ventriloquism and countermockery. Going on to offer a provocative critique of some textually and culturally homogenizing tendencies exemplified in Maxine Hong Kingston's work and its reception, Huang ends with a study of American translations of contemporary Chinese poetry, which he views as new ethnographies that maintain linguistic and cultural boundaries.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520232235
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Yunte Huang
Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature, Hardback (March 2016)
A panoramic literary anthology that explores the inner story of China in the twentieth century.
Charlie Chan, Paperback (September 2011)
Winner of the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book and Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography: "An ingenious and absorbing book...It will permanently change the way we tell this troubled yet gripping story." -Jonathan Spence
Transpacific Imaginations, Hardback (February 2008)» View all books by Yunte Huang
Provides a study of how American literature is enmeshed with the literatures of Asia. This book looks at Henry Adams' not talking about his travels in Japan and the Pacific basin in his autobiography, and compares Mark Twain to Liang Qichao.
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Author Biography - Yunte Huang
Yunte Huang, Assistant Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, is the author of Shi: A Radical Reading of Chinese Poetry and the translator into Chinese of Ezra Pound's Cantos.
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