Speaking the Past

ab 14,90 

Alicia Otano

Child Perspective in the Asian American „Bildungsroman“

ISBN 978-3-8258-7748-5
Band-Nr. 2
Jahr 2004
Seiten 184
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Contributions to Asian American Literary Studies


Child perspective is a symbolic narrative strategy that designs multilayered
possibilities for meaning in ethnic writing. This book positions Asian American
bildungsromane in the context of American writing about children, reading them
through the lens of their narrators ,- the oftentimes dual child/adult perspective ,-
to examine how narrative point of view nuances and shapes issues of personal,
ethnic, and national positioning. This approach privileges the authors‘ narrative
choices and engagement with genre, revealing how these critical writerly decisions
construct texts that signify on multiple levels, and dialogue productively with ofher
texts. Their interpretation and creative negotiation of the key elements of narrative
perspective lead us to uncover aspects which are constitutive of the successful
manipulation of narrative voice. The texts analyzed in this study, by Gus Lee, Cecilia
Manguerra Brainard, Heinz Insu Fenkl, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, and Fiona Cheong,
demonstrate the flexibility of this narrative technique, and its usefulness as a critical
tool though which important thematic issues ,- family, race, culture, war,
assimilation, and language ,- may be deployed. Reading the way Asian American
texts manipulate child perspective positions these texts within developing critical
paradigms and allows us to examine the manner in which they influence the
development of American literature and the theory that reads it.

Alicia Otano was born in Manhattan, New York
and currently
teaches English as a Foreign Language at the University of Navarra. She has a
degree in English from Marymount Manhattan College and a Masters and Doctorate
in Literature from the University of Navarra in Spain.