Amy Tan

Author: E. D. Huntley
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313302077
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Examines the works of the Chinese American author, describing her characters, narrative strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes

Margaret Atwood

Author: Nathalie Cooke
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313328060
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Examines the works of the Canadian author, describing her characters, narrative and strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes.

Terry McMillan

Author: Paulette Richards
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313305047
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This insightful analysis explores the tremendous cross-over appeal of Terry McMillan's novels and movie adaptations.

Louise Erdrich

Author: Lorena Laura Stookey
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313306129
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An insightful analysis of Louise Erdrich's writing, including her widely acclaimed, award-winning first novel, Love Medicine.

Maya Angelou

Author: Mary Jane Lupton
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313303258
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Critically examines Angelou's five autobiographical novels, bringing in important comparative figures in African American literature and in autobiography.

James Clavell

Author: Gina Macdonald
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294945
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The first book-length critical study of the work of cross-cultural novelist James Clavell.

Maxine Hong Kingston

Author: E. D. Huntley
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313308772
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Examines the fiction and role in introducing the Asian American experience to mainstream readers through Maxine Hong Kinston and her three narrative works.

Toni Morrison

Author: Missy Dehn Kubitschek
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780313302657
Format: PDF
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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, Toni Morrison is among our most distinguished contemporary novelists. Morrison describes herself as a "black woman novelist," and all her novels deal with African American characters and communities. Exploring the entire cycle of human life in a spiritual context, her novels are also universal in their depiction of families, especially mothers and their children. From her first novel, The Bluest Eye, to her most recent, Paradise, Toni Morrison has explored the African American experience, and by extension, the human experience. Her characters linger in our minds long after we have finished reading the novel. This is the only book-length study to discuss all of Morrison's novels published to date. This study analyzes in turn each of Morrison's novels. It also provides the reader with a complete bibliography of her writings, as well as selected reviews and criticism. Following a biographical chapter on Toni Morrison's life, Kubitschek discusses Morrison's writing in the tradition not only of African American literature but of the great modernist and postmodernist American writers. Each of the following chapters examines an individual novel: The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), Tar Baby (1981), Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), and Paradise (1998). The discussion of each novel features sections on plot and character development, narrative structure, thematic issues, and an alternative critical approach from which to read the novel. Written specifically for high school and college students and general readers, this study illuminates and enriches the reading of Morrison's novels.

A Companion to Twentieth Century United States Fiction

Author: David Seed
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444310115
Format: PDF
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Through a wide-ranging series of essays and relevant readings, A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction presents an overview of American fiction published since the conclusion of the First World War. Features a wide-ranging series of essays by American, British, and European specialists in a variety of literary fields Written in an approachable and accessible style Covers both classic literary figures and contemporary novelists Provides extensive suggestions for further reading at the end of each essay

Amy Tan

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476602603
Format: PDF
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In the mid-1980s, Amy Tan was a successful but unhappy corporate speechwriter. By the end of the decade, she was perched firmly atop the best-seller lists with The Joy Luck Club, with more popular novels to follow. Tan's work--once pigeonholed as ethnic literature--resonates with universal themes that cross cultural and ideological boundaries, and prove wildly successful with readers of all stripes. Tender, sincere, complex, honest and uncompromising in its portrayal of Chinese culture and its affect on women, Amy Tan's work earned her both praise and excoriation from critics, adoration from fans, and a place as one of America's most notable modern writers. This reference work introduces and summarizes Amy Tan's life, her body of literature, and her characters. The main text is comprised of entries covering characters, dates, historical figures and events, allusions, motifs and themes from her works. The entries combine critical insights with generous citations from primary and secondary sources. Each entry concludes with a selected bibliography. There is also a chronology of Tan's family history and her life. Appendices provide an overlapping timeline of historical and fictional events in Tan's work; a glossary of foreign terms found in her writing; and a list of related writing and research topics. An extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index accompany the text.