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Publishing soon from Routledge Major Works: Asian-American Literature

A new title from Routledge, Asian-American Literature is a four-volume collection of the field’s very best scholarship. It is an essential work of reference destined to be valued by scholars and students as a vital one-stop resource.

Routledge Major Works are soon to release David Leiwei Li's 4-Volume collection on Asian American Literature

Co-published by Routledge and Edition Synapse

From The Woman Warrior to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Chang-rae Lee to Jhumpa Lahiri, Asian American literature—and the serious scholarly work it has spawned—is now central to debates about national cultures, world civilizations, and transnational imaginaries. As research on the subject continues to flourish, this new title from Routledge not only testifies to the thematic width, historical depth, and formal innovation of Asian American literary production, its popular reception and validation as deserved objects of academic study, but also answers the urgent need for an authoritative and comprehensive reference work to map its vast terrains to date.

A fine-tuned assemblage of collective critical wisdom from distinguished scholarly journals and monographs of the last four decades, this collection is organized by genre into four volumes. The first volume (“Literary History: Criticism and Theory”) showcases the foundational work that defines the parameters of Asian American literature in its various stages of evolution. Volume II (“Prose”) brings together the best interpretive work and practical criticism on key works of Asian American fiction and non-fiction. Volume III (“Poetry”) assembles the essential scholarship on Asian American verse, while the final volume in the set (“Drama”) highlights significant research on theatrical texts, performance, and “cyberrace.”

In charting the categorical shifts from identity to difference, politics to esthetics, grievance to grief, this critical overview enables a clear understanding of Asian American literary formation in the complex geo-political, economic, and social sea-change between what is now known as “liberalism” and “neoliberalism.” An indispensable reference collection, Asian American Literature is destined to be valued by scholars and students as a vital one-stop research and pedagogical resource.

Asian American Literature will publish on the 15th February. Order your copy today!

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