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Across MeridiansHistory and Figuration in Karen Tei Yamashita's Transnational Novels$
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Jinqi Ling

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778015

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778015.001.0001

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The Politics of Geography

The Politics of Geography

Or, a Troping of Asian American Spatial Imagination

(p.1) One The Politics of Geography
Across Meridians
Stanford University Press

This chapter offers a theoretical discussion of the contributions Japanese-American writer Karen Tei Yamashita in relation to debates over postmodern space and location, literary avant-garde and commercial and mass cultural forms, and the question of referent in Asian American cultural studies. It identifies three primary contributions that she has made to transnational Asian American literary practice. These include her reconstitution of knowledge about Asian American experiences, her intervention in an increasingly commercialized American culture, and her fashioning of a micropolitical strategy for building interethnic and interdisciplinary alliances through literary representation.

Keywords:   Karen Tei Yamashita, cultural studies, transnational literary practice, American culture, interethnic alliances, literary representation

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