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Approaches to Teaching Kingston's The Woman Warrior

Editor(s): Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Pages: xi & 178 pp.
Published: 1991
ISBN: 9780873527033

"Since Kingston's novel is taught in many courses, this is a welcome addition to MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series.... Especially the material on Kingston's use of traditional Chinese sources and on Asian American literature in general."
American Literature

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Teaching The Woman Warrior can be a challenging project for instructors who are unfamiliar with the work's cultural and historical traditions. As the volume editor, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, explains in her preface, one of the goals of Approaches to Teaching Kingston's The Woman Warrior is "to introduce teachers and students to the larger body of Asian American and ethnic literature [and] to inform them of the immigrant and ethnic traditions that Kingston's work comes from and contributes to."

This Approaches volume, like others in the series, is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Materials," surveys resources for classroom instruction (such as anthologies, background materials, and cultural studies), presents bibliographic and biographical information, and describes other works by Maxine Hong Kingston. In part 2, "Approaches," seventeen essays discuss The Woman Warrior in cultural, historical, pedagogical, and critical contexts and suggest ways to include the work in courses on women's studies, American literature, ethnic literature, history, and composition. The volume features a personal statement by Kingston on the reception of The Woman Warrior and on its relation to her other works.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Kingston's The Woman Warrior

Shirley Geok-lin Lim

Editions and Anthologies

Other Works by Maxine Hong Kingston

Courses and Contexts

The Instructor's Library
Reference Works
Background Studies
Cultural Background
Critical Studies



Personal Statement
Maxine Hong Kingston

Cultural and Historical Contexts

Kingston's Handling of Traditional Chinese Sources
Sau-ling Cynthia Wong

Use of Media and Other Resources to Situate The Woman Warrior
Patricia Lin

The Asian Literary Background of The Woman Warrior
Kathryn VanSpanckeren

The Woman Warrior as an Intervention in Asian American Historiography
Robert G. Lee

Pedagogical Contexts

"I've Never Read Anything like It": Student Responses to The Woman Warrior
Vicente F. Gotera

The Woman Warrior in the Women's Studies Classroom
Judith M. Melton

Woman Warriors and Military Students
James R. Aubrey

Voice and Vision: The Woman Warrior in the Writing Class
Kathleen A. Boardman

The Woman Warrior in the History Classroom
Paul W. McBride

Teaching The Woman Warrior to High School and Community College Students
Marlyn Peterson and Deirdre Lashgari

Critical Contexts: Genre, Themes, Form

The Woman Warrior as Postmodern Autobiography
Marilyn Yalom

Autobiography in a Different Voice: The Woman Warrior and the Question of Genre
Joan Lidoff

A Dialogue with(in) Tradition: Two Perspectives on The Woman Warrior
Colleen Kennedy and Deborah Morse

Speech-Act Theory and the Search for Identity in The Woman Warrior
Victoria Myers

The Woman Warrior as a Search for Ghosts
Gayle K. Fujita Sato

Mythopoesis East and West in The Woman Warrior
Cheng Lok Chua

Talking Stories / Telling Lies in The Woman Warrior
Timothy Dow Adams

Works Cited

Books and Articles

Films, Video Productions, and Recordings


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