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The Semblance of Identity: Aesthetic Mediation in Asian American Literature

Christopher Lee


The history of Asian American literature reveals the ongoing attempt to work through the fraught relationship between identity politics and literary representation. This relationship is especially evident in literary works which claim that their content represents the socio-historical world. This book argues that the reframing of the field as a critical, rather than identity-based, project nonetheless continues to rely on the logics of identity. Drawing on the writings of philosopher and literary critic Georg Lukacs, it identifies a persistent composite figure that it calls the “idealized crit ... More

Keywords: identity, Asian American literature, Georg Lukacs, Theodore Adorno, aesthetic semblance, identity politics, literary representation, Eileen Chang, Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804778701
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Lee, author