Approaches to Teaching Kingston’s The Woman Warrior

  • Editor: Shirley Geok-lin Lim
  • Pages: xi & 178 pp.
  • Published: 1991
  • ISBN: 9780873527033 (Cloth)
  • ISBN: 9780873527040 (Paperback)
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“Since Kingston’s novel is taught in many courses, this is a welcome addition to MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. . . .  Especially useful . . . is the material on Kingston’s use of traditional Chinese sources and on Asian American literature in general.”

American Literature

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.