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Take a look at these books to understand the world of Asian American literature. These books break down themes, motifs, and ideas present in this genre. Get exposed to both popular and lesser-known authors with these anthologies and literary companions.
Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers. This anthology includes works by Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino authors. There are parts of plays, short stories, and novel excerpts within the collection. The introduction and the preface provide the reader with an overview of the history of Asian-American literature.
Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader's Guide. This book is a great introduction to the genre of Arab fiction. The introduction explains the complexity of Arab fiction. The rest of the chapters focus on analyzing themes in prominent Arab American writers' works. The editor includes a list of suggested reading including a list of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry books.
Reading Asian American Literature. This book is the study of the themes that are popular in Asian American literature. Four themes are analyzed in this book, food and eating, doppelgangers, mobility, and play. The writers' introduction provides a foundation of what Asian American literature is and how this genre should be read and studied.
The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature. This is a study of Asian American works from the nineteenth century to the present. The book is divided into five broad areas of study, immigration and empire, war, identity, and the expanse that the genre covers. The editors also include a timeline of major works and events in Asian American history.
Want to learn more about AAPI Literature? Check out our Asian Pacific American Literature guide.
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