East-West Literary Imagination: Cultural Exchanges from Yeats to Morrison (Paperback)Yoshinobu Hakutani (author)
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Finally, he argues that African American literature, represented by Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and James Emanuel, is postmodern. Their works exhibit their concerted efforts to abolish marginality and extend referentiality, exemplifying the postmodern East-West crossroads of cultures. A fuller understanding of their work is gained by situating them within this cultural conversation. The writings of Wright, for example, take on their full significance only when they are read, not as part of a national literature, but as an index to an evolving literature of cultural exchanges.
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Number of pages: 336
""What we have not had in a useful and thorough form is a book like the one Hakutani has produced, a book carefully exploring the intellectual traffic between Asian and American authors on a larger scale across a significant period of history."" - Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Professor of American Literature, Pennsylvania State University; author of "Black Chant": Languages of African American Postmodernism
""This excellent study is not the first to deal with Eastern influences on Western literature and thinking, but it is a most timely offering-thorough in its research and clear in its presentation. Highly recommended."" - Choice
""An inherently thoughtful, insightful, exceptionally well written, organized and presented work of original and seminal scholarship."" - Midwest Book Review
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