Chapter 51. Amy Tan: “American Circumstances and Chinese Character”

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson Professor Dean Chair

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch51

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Macpherson, H. S. (2009) Amy Tan: “American Circumstances and Chinese Character”, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch51

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Amy Tan - “American Circumstances and Chinese Character”;
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter – focusing on relationship between mothers and daughters;
  • The Hundred Secret Senses (1995) - focusing on a mother-substitute in the form of older half-sister;
  • Saving Fish from Drowning (2005) - twelve tourists on ill-fated journey to Myanmar (formerly Burma);
  • The Opposite of Fate, and The Moon Lady (1992) and The Chinese Siamese Cat (1994);
  • The Joy Luck Club, Tan's first novel - originally envisioned as a series of short stories;
  • The Kitchen God's Wife and The Hundred Secret Senses;
  • Tan's use of oral storytelling - in some ways goes over old ground;
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter - acting as one long wish for connection across generations;
  • The Opposite of Fate, Tan relating the story of traveling with her mother to China

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading