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100 Chinese silences

Author: Timothy Yu, (Professor of literature)
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Les Figues Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First edition
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"There are one hundred kinds of Chinese silence: the silence of unknown grandfathers; the silence of borrowed Buddha and rebranded Confucius; the silence of alluring stereotypes and exotic reticence. These poems make those silences heard. Writing back to an orientalist tradition that has defined modern American poetry, these 100 Chinese silences unmask the imagined Asias of American literature, revealing the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Yu, (Professor of literature)
ISBN: 9781934254615 1934254614
OCLC Number: 937738099
Description: 135 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Poems.
One hundred Chinese silences
Responsibility: Timothy Yu.

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"There are one hundred kinds of Chinese silence: the silence of unknown grandfathers; the silence of borrowed Buddha and rebranded Confucius; the silence of alluring stereotypes and exotic reticence. These poems make those silences heard. Writing back to an orientalist tradition that has defined modern American poetry, these 100 Chinese silences unmask the imagined Asias of American literature, revealing the spectral Asian presence that haunts our most eloquent lyrics and self-satisfied wisdom. Rewriting poets from Ezra Pound and Marianne Moore to Gary Snyder and Billy Collins, this book is a sharply critical and wickedly humorous travesty of the modern canon, excavating the Asian (American) bones buried in our poetic language." -- from publishers website.

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