Transnational Poetics

This substantial book examines the fiction of Asian Canadian women writers–Indian, Chinese, and Japanese–of the 1990s, specifically how their work reveals their self-perception as members of minority subcultures. By close readings of the fiction and related texts, the authors consider to what extent and in what manner these authors–Evelyn Lau, Larissa Lai, Joy Kogawa, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Anita Rau Badami, and others–feel at ease or at odds in the cultural climate of Canada. A variety of subjects are covered: feminist anti-racism, resistance to Indo-Chic, feminist fictions, the racialization of bodies, the trauma of Canadian Japanese internment, etc.


Publication Date: 2011

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-894770-68-2
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
192 pages

Pilar Cuder-Domínguez is Associate Professor at the University of Huelva (Spain), where she teaches British and English-Canadian Literature and Feminist Theory. Her research interests are the intersections of gender, genre, nation, and race. She is the author of Margaret Atwood: A Beginner’s Guide (2003), and the co-editor of five collections of essays (La mujer del texto al contexto, 1996; Exilios femeninos,2000; Sederi XI, 2002; Espacios de Género, 2005; and The Female Wits, 2006). She has been visiting scholar at universities in Canada, the US, and the UK. Her latest publications have discussed the works of writers of Black and Asian ancestry in the UK and Canada.

Belén Martín-Lucas is Associate Professor at the University of Vigo Spain) where she teaches Postcolonial Literatures in English and Diasporic Film and Literatures. Her publications focus on the politics of resistance in contemporary postcolonial feminist fiction, looking at the diverse strategies employed in literary works, such as tropes and genres. She has co-edited the volumes Global Neo-imperialism and National Resistance: Approaches from Postcolonial Studies (2004), Challenging Cultural Practices in Contemporary Post-Colonial Societies (2001), and Reading Multiculturalism: Contemporary Postcolonial Literatures (2000), published by the U. of Vigo P, and a Special Issue of The Atlantic Literary Review on National Literatures in English and the Global Market (New Delhi 2001).

Sonia Villegas-López is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Huelva, Spain. She has done research on gender studies and contemporary British and Canadian fiction, and has published essays and articles on Asian North American women’s writing (2003, 2004). She is the author of a monograph on anglophone women’s fiction of the late 20th century (Mujer y religión en la narrativa anglófona contemporánea, 1999), and of An Introduction to Feminist Theology (El sexo olvidado, 2005). She has presented papers on postcolonial literature both in national and international conferences about writers such as Amy Tan, Larissa Lai, Arlene Chai, or Evelyn Lau.