Maxine Hong Kingston's Broken Book of Life
An Intertextual Study of the Woman Warrior and China Men
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Download PDF (27.0 KB)
Iwas fortunate to receive a grant from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council at a time when this book project was gathering momentum. The rigorous assessment leading to this competitive award gave me the scholarly incentive to proceed, and the grant itself gave me the wherewithal. The grant also funded a research assistant and subsidized her postgraduate place. I have known Eliza Wong since she enlivened one of my tutorial groups as a first-year undergraduate...
Download PDF (86.4 KB)
On several occasions Maxine Hong Kingston made it clear that The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts and China Men were “conceived [as] one huge book” and that she wrote much of the two books at the same time. In the end, this epic book project proved unwieldy and was broken up into the separate life stories of the male and female characters...
Chapter 1. The Case for an Intertextual Reading of The Woman Warrior and China Men
Download PDF (204.3 KB)
This work sets out to read The Woman Warrior and China Men with heightened awareness of its intriguing intertextual history, for, as Maxine Hong Kingston has repeatedly pointed out, these two very distinct works were first conceived as one “big novel about men and women” and were drafted simultaneously...
Chapter 2. "You Say with the Few Words and the Silences”: The Woman Warrior ’s Traces of a Dialogue with China Men
Download PDF (181.2 KB)
“The Brother in Vietnam” was the first story that Maxine Hong Kingston wrote for her intended family saga, but it ended up as the last section of China Men.1 The last story her father wanted told was “No Name Woman,” yet it became the first tale to lead...
Chapter 3. ”The Precious Only Daughter”and “the Never-Said”: Traces of Incest in “No Name Woman”and The Woman Warrior
Download PDF (180.4 KB)
What mortals haunt our lives more persistently than our parents—those giants who cast their long shadow over our childhood and who protect us with their apparent indestructibility from the terrifying reality of our closeness to death? Joan Riviere speculates that our profound horror of death stems from “the disappearance, so comparatively sudden...
Chapter 4. “I’ll Tell You What I Suppose from Your Silences and Few Words”: The Search for the Father in China Men
Download PDF (205.1 KB)
The daughter narrator of The Woman Warrior often appeared more at home with the “adventurous people inside [her] head to whom [she] talked” and with whom she was free to be “frivolous and violent, orphaned” than with her own family (170)...
Download PDF (77.4 KB)
Download PDF (59.5 KB)
About the Author
Download PDF (36.8 KB)
Publication Year: 2004