Maxine Hong Kingston's Broken Book of Life: An Intertextual Study of <i>The Woman Warrior</i> and <i>China Men</i>
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240pp. February 2004
Maxine Hong Kingston's Broken Book of Life: An Intertextual Study of The Woman Warrior and China Men
Author: Sabine, Maureen;
The numerous studies of Maxine Hong Kingston's touchstone work The Woman Warrior fail to take into account the stories in China Men, which were largely written together with those in The Woman Warrior but later published separately. Although Hong Kingston's decision to separate the male and female narratives enabled readers to see the strength of the resulting feminist point of view in The Woman Warrior, the author has steadily maintained that to understand the book fully it was necessary to read its male companion text.

Maureen Sabine's ambitious study of The Woman Warrior and China Men aims to bring these divided texts back together with a close reading that looks for the textual traces of the father in The Woman Warrior and shows how the daughter narrator tracks down his history in China Men. She considers theories of intertextuality that open up the possibility of a dynamic interplay between the two books and suggests that the Hong family women and men may be struggling for dialogue with each other even when they appear textually silent or apart.

"Gracefully written and clearly articulated, Sabine's study offers a valuable contribution to Kingston scholarship." --Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
Author: Sabine, Maureen;
Maureen Sabine is associate professor and senior lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong.
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