Abstract

This article interrogates the limits of the “playful” genre that Timothy Yu has recently defined as Asian American experimental or avant-garde poetry. Through the work of John Yau, Brian Kim Stefans, Fred Wah, and others, I demonstrate the centrality of Wittgensteinian poetics to the aesthetic innovations of contemporary Asian North American poets whose language games challenge normative assumptions about the relationship between language, literature, and identity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1528-4212
Print ISSN
0010-4132
Pages
pp. 78-105
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-15
Open Access
No
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