ISBN : 9780199730339
Foreign Accents sets forth a historical poetics of verse by writers of Chinese descent in the U.S. from the early twentieth century to the present. With readings of works by Ezra Pound, Li-young Lee, Marilyn Chin, Ha Jin, and John Yau, this study charts the dimensions of Asian American verse as an evolving and contested counterpoetic formation.
TO BE (OR NOT TO BE) THE POET: THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF VERSE IN ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
1. Toward a Pre-History of Asian American Verse: Pound, Cathay, and the Poetics of Chineseness
2. Chinese/American Verse in Transnational Perspective: Racial Protest and the Poems of Angel Island
FROM THE LANGUAGE OF RACE TO THE POETICS OF ETHNICITY: THE RISE OF ASIAN AMERICAN VERSE
3. 'A Voice from China': Ha Jin and the Cultural Politics of Anti-Socialist Realism
4. The Precision of Persimmons: Li-young Lee, Ethic Identity, and the Limits of Lyric Testimony
5. 'Are you hate speech or are you a lullaby?': Marilyn Chin and the Politics of Form in Chinese/American Verse
6. 'the owner of one pock-marked tongue': John Yau and the Logic of Ethnic Abstraction
CONCLUSION: CHINESE/AMERICAN VERSE IN THE AGE OF POST-ETHNICITY?