The Bonesetter's Daughter

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101202951

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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A mother and daughter find what they share in their bones in this compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. Ruth Young and her widowed mother have always had a difficult relationship. But when she discovers writings that vividly describe her mother’s tumultuous life growing up in China, Ruth discovers a side of LuLing that she never knew existed. Transported to a backwoods village known as Immortal Heart, Ruth learns of secrets passed along by a mute nursemaid, Precious Auntie; of a cave where dragon bones are mined; of the crumbling ravine known as the End of the World; and of the curse that LuLing believes she released through betrayal. Within the calligraphied pages awaits the truth about a mother's heart, secrets she cannot tell her daughter, yet hopes she will never forget... Conjuring the pain of broken dreams and the power of myths, The Bonesetter’s Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes.

A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "The Bonesetter's Daughter"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410319709

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 15

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A Study Guide for Amy Tan's "The Bonesetter's Daughter," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Amy Tan

Author: Bella Adams

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719062070

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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The first study of Amy Tan's entire oeuvre, with individual chapters on The Joy Luck Club, The kitchen god's wife, The hundred secret senses and The bonesetter's daughter. The book offers close readings of her work in the context of broader debates about the representation of identity, history and reality.

The Gift of Story

Narrating Hope in a Postmodern World

Author: Emily Griesinger,Mark A. Eaton

Publisher: Baylor University Press

ISBN: 1932792473

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 391

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The Gift of Story brings contemporary literature and film into conversation with the grand Christian narrative. This book examines the specific connections between contemporary cultural meta-narratives (the stories humans typically tell about themselves) and the ideas of hope found in Christianity. Despite postmodernism's skepticism about narrative, the dialogue with contemporary fiction, drama, music and film demonstrates that the Christian story can engender and sustain hope.

Reading Amy Tan

Author: Lan Dong

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313355460

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 138

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Presents a critical introduction to the work of the Chinese-American author, discussing her five novels, her short stories, her characters, language, and major themes.

Das Kurtisanenhaus

Roman

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641142741

Category: Fiction

Page: 704

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Von den luxuriösen Salons der Kurtisanen in Shanghai bis zu den nebelverhangenen Bergen eines einsamen chinesischen Dorfs. Shanghai, 1912: Stürmische Zeiten kündigen sich an. Der Sturz des chinesischen Kaisers versetzt die Stadt in Aufruhr. Auch die Amerikanerin Lucia Minturn blickt einem ungewissen Schicksal entgegen. Sie kam einst der Liebe wegen in dieses ferne Land und blieb schließlich für ihre Tochter Violet. Schweren Herzens entschließt sie sich, China zu verlassen. In den Wirren wird sie jedoch von ihrer Tochter getrennt, und während Lucia auf dem Schiff nach San Francisco um Violet bangt, wird die Vierzehnjährige in ein Kurtisanenhaus verschleppt. Verzweifelt wendet sich Violet dort an eine der Kurtisanen, die ihr bald zur engsten Vertrauten wird. Durch sie lernt sie, ihr Los anzunehmen. Und so setzt Violet ihre ersten Schritte auf einem langen und beschwerlichen Weg, der ihr alles abverlangt – und sie nach schweren Schicksalsschlägen doch zu großer Liebe führen wird.

Der Geist der Madame Chen

Roman

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641141575

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Die Geschichte einer faszinierenden Frau und einer abenteuerlichen Reise in das Herz von Burma In San Francisco ist sie bekannt wie ein bunter Hund – die exzentrische Chinesin Bibi Chen. Die Bestürzung ist daher groß, als sie plötzlich unter mysteriösen Umständen ums Leben kommt. Niemand hat eine Erklärung dafür, am wenigsten ihre zwölf amerikanischen Freunde, mit denen sie eine Kulturreise nach Burma geplant hatte. Doch so schnell lässt sich die lebenslustige Madame Chen nicht zur letzten Ruhe betten, und ihr rebellischer Geist beschließt, ihre Freunde zu begleiten. Ein großes Abenteuer beginnt, denn eines Morgens verschwindet die Gruppe spurlos im burmesischen Dschungel ...

Töchter des Himmels

Roman

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641149592

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Vier junge Frauen zwischen altem China und neuer Welt. Waverly, June, Rose und Lena, vier junge Frauen in San Francisco. Durch und durch Amerikanerinnen, die der American Way of Life stark geprägt hat – im Gegensatz zu ihren Müttern. Die sind 1949 unter dramatischen Umständen vor der roten Armee in die Vereinigten Staaten geflüchtet und noch immer chinesisch bis in die Knochen. Zwei Kulturen prallen aufeinander und scheinen nicht zueinanderzufinden. Bis die Töchter erkennen, dass sie die einmalige Chance haben, zwei Welten in sich zu verbinden, sie müssen nur bereit dafür sein.


Transnational Matrilineage

Mother Daughter Conflicts in Asian American Literature

Author: Silvia Schultermandl

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825812626

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Transnational Matrilineage offers a novel approach to Asian American literature, including texts by Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Mei Ng, Nora Okja Keller and Vineeta Vijayaragahavan, with particular attention to depictions of transnational solidarity (that is the sense of community between women of different cultures or cultural affiliations) between Asian-born mothers and their American-born daughters. While focusing on the mother-daughter conflicts these texts portray, this book also contributes to ongoing debates in transnational feminism by scrutinizing the representation of Asia in Asian American literature.

Diasporic Representations

Reading Chinese American Women's Fiction

Author: Pin-chia Feng

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643108311

Category: History

Page: 199

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Diasporic Representations examines the stratification of various diasporic subjectivities through a close reading of fiction by Chinese American women writers of different social and class backgrounds. Deploying a strategy of “attentive reading,” Feng engages intersecting issues of historicity, spatiality, and bodily imagination from diasporic and feminist perspectives to illuminate the dynamics of deterritorialization and reterritorialization in Chinese American novels in this transnational age.

Bloom's how to Write about Amy Tan

Author: Kim Becnel

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1604133082

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 232

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A guide to writing about the works of Amy Tan offers instructions for composing different types of essays and contains literary criticism, analysis, and suggested essay topics for individual works.

Fate! Luck! Chance!

Amy Tan, Stewart Wallace, and the making of The Bonesetter's Daughter opera

Author: Ken Smith,Stewart Wallace

Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 199

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Accompanied by Tan's complete libretto for the opera, an intriguing study follows the process of translating Amy Tan's best-selling novel, The Bonesetter's Daughter, into a new opera to debut in 2008 at the San Francisco Opera, examining the entire creative process, the collaboration between Tan and composer Stewart Wallace, and more.

Modern China and the West

Translation and Cultural Mediation

Author: Hsiao-yen Peng,Isabelle Rabut

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004270221

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 374

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In Modern China and the West: Translation and Cultural Mediation, the authors investigate the significant role translation plays in cultural mediation. Transnational organizations that bring about cross-cultural interactions as well as regulating authorities, in the form of both nation-states and ideologies, are under scrutiny.


The Joy Luck Club

A Novel

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101502730

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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This widely acclaimed bestseller spans two countries and two generations, following a group of Chinese women who meet to play mah jong, invest money and tell the secret stories of their lives. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club.

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Work from 1970 to the Present

Author: Lex Williford,Michael Martone

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416545118

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 576

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From memoir to journalism, personal essays to cultural criticism, this indispensable anthology brings together works from all genres of creative nonfiction, with pieces by fifty contemporary writers including Cheryl Strayed, David Sedaris, Barbara Kingsolver, and more. Selected by five hundred writers, English professors, and creative writing teachers from across the country, this collection includes only the most highly regarded nonfiction work published since 1970. Contributers include: Jo Ann Beard, Wendell Berry, Eula Biss, Mary Clearman Blew, Charles Bowden, Janet Burroway, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Anne Carson, Bernard Cooper, Michael W. Cox, Annie Dillard, Mark Doty, Brian Doyle, Tony Earley, Anthony Farrington, Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, Diane Glancy, Lucy Grealy, William Harrison, Robin Hemley, Adam Hochschild, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver , Ted Kooser, Sara Levine, E.J. Levy, Phillip Lopate, Barry Lopez, Thomas Lynch, Lee Martin, Rebecca McCLanahan, Erin McGraw, John McPhee, Brenda Miller, Dinty W. Moore, Kathleen Norris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lia Purpura, Richard Rhodes, Bill Roorbach, David Sedaris, Richard Selzer, Sue William Silverman, Floyd Skloot, Lauren Slater, Cheryl Strayed, Amy Tan, Ryan Van Meter, David Foster Wallace, and Joy Williams.

Amy Tan

A Literary Companion

Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476602603

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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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.