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Chinese Whispers

D.J. Enright, 18 June 1981

The Woman Warrior 
by Maxine HongKingston.
Picador, 186 pp., £1.50, March 1981, 0 330 26400 1
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China Men 
by Maxine HongKingston.
Picador, 301 pp., £1.50, March 1981, 0 330 26367 6
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... The subtitle of Maxine HongKingston’s first book, The Woman Warrior (now published in paperback), embodies a pun: ‘Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts’ – that is to say, among Chinese story-ghosts and also among non-Chinese, who by definition are ghosts, if not demons ...

Homo Narrator

Inga Clendinnen, 16 March 2000

Mirror Talk: Genres of Crisis in Contemporary Autobiography 
by Susanna Egan.
North Carolina, 275 pp., £39.95, September 1999, 0 8078 4782 8
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... the [auto]biographies (now she’s got me doing it) of highly conscious craftsmen like Hemingway, Maxine HongKingston and Michael Ondaatje: she offers an engrossing scholarly analysis of the fragments and corrected drafts which became Hemingway’s A Movable Feast, presenting it as an experiment in describing the ...

Down with DWEMs

John Sutherland, 15 August 1991

ProfScam: Professors and the Demise of Higher Education 
by Charles Sykes.
St Martin’s, 304 pp., $9.95, December 1989, 0 312 03916 6
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Tenured Redicals: How politics has corrupted our Higher Education 
by Roger Kimball.
HarperCollins, 222 pp., $9.95, April 1991, 0 06 092049 1
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... dead white males) like Chaucer and Dickens had given way to Batman, Louis L’Amour and Maxine HongKingston. Literature and history now worked exclusively ‘from below’. Stanley Hauerwas’s pronouncement that ‘the canon of great literature was created by high-Anglican assholes to underwrite their ...

Imaginary Homelands

Salman Rushdie, 7 October 1982

... of Grass’s Danzig-become-Gdansk, of Joyce’s abandoned Dublin, of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Maxine HongKingston and Milan Kundera and many others. It’s a long list.) On the other hand, the Indian writer, looking back at India, does so through guilt-tinted spectacles. (I am, of course, once more, talking about ...

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