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The Distortion of Reality, Construction of History, and Intertextuality in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior.

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1 The Distortion of Reality, Construction of History, and Intertextuality in Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior

2  While some existing critiques sees The Woman Warrior as a token Asian text which perpetuates exotifying and Orientalist notions of Asian identity, I am arguing that the text must be understood in its own tradition, counteracting the reductionist appropriation of the text as part of the multicultural American academy. Further, I argue that a metafictional reading of The Woman Warrior creates space for and is closely linked to an Asian American feminist perspective of the themes in The Woman Warrior.

3 1. Introduction 2. Overview  Addressing Existing Critique 3. Metafiction 4. Intertextuality 5. Distortion of Reality 6. Construction of History 7. Conclusion

4  Chapter 2, “White Tigers,” focuses on the popular Chinese folklore of Fa Mu Lan.  Fiction versus memoir?  Textual evidence [clouds as “an ink wash,” “distant peaks as if shaded by pencil,” rocks like “charcoal rubbings,” and a bird as “two black strokes”( 20)].

5  Dismantling binaries  Subverting familiar stereotypes  Creating a complex representation of Asian women

6  A metafictional reading of The Woman Warrior creates space for and is closely linked to a feminist analyses of its themes.


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