Asian American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical by Emmanuel S. Nelson

By Emmanuel S. Nelson

As a special region of literary research, Asian American literature now enjoys a degree of serious popularity that was once incredible whilst educational curiosity within the box started modestly a few 25 years in the past. a part of this attractiveness stems from the expanding contributions of Asian American novelists, whose works proceed to catch becoming degrees of well known awareness. through the early Seventies, anthologies of inventive writing by means of Asian americans started to appear, and there at the moment are virtually dozen of them. in view that then, quite a few Asian American writers, resembling Amy Tan, Michael Ondaatje, and Bharati Mukherjee, have received massive serious and advertisement success.

The e-book of this reference paintings displays the hot educational prestige of Asian American literature. integrated are alphabetically prepared entries for 70 Asian American novelists. because the old and present studies of Asians in Canada and the USA are considerably related, the amount covers authors from either international locations. whereas nearly all of the writers profiled within the quantity have East Asian backgrounds, a few have South Asian or West Asian origins. every one access is written through a professional contributor and offers a quick biography, a dialogue of significant works and issues, a precis of the novelist's serious reception, and separate bibliographies of fundamental and secondary resources. the quantity concludes with a specific, normal bibliography.

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Legion received many similar reviews; People magazine wrote that “it’s hard to believe that a worse book will be published in 1983” (Rev. 14). Whatever one thinks of the novels, there can be no doubt as to their impact on the popular imagination, especially that of The Exorcist. Pop culture references abound, particularly to the movie and Linda Blair’s revolving head and projectile vomiting. In his article, Bruce Merry points out how masterfully Blatty works the typical horror plot to build suspense and keep the reader wondering whether the danger is really otherworldly.

Her education at the University of California at Berkeley completed her formation as an artist and writer. As an undergraduate student in comparative literature at Berkeley (1969–1973), Cha read widely, from Korean poetry to European modernist and postmodern literature. She was especially drawn to the writings of Samuel Beckett, Nathalie Sarraute, Monique Wittig, and so on. In addition, she studied art and received encouragement to work in performance. In 1974 she began her career as a performance artist, producer, director, and writer.

Regan is representative of the youth of the time who experimented sexually and with their lifestyles while her mother, Chris, is the older generation who cannot understand what has “possessed” her child to act in such a fashion. In contrast, Gary Hoppenstand writes that the cultural fear the novel exposes is not that of the child but of the parents: the dissolution of the nuclear family, women’s search for personal fulfillment, and single parenting. He suggests that had Chris not been divorced and overly concerned with advancing her career, Reagan would not have been open to the demonic attack.

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