A close reading of The Joy Luck Club (1989) by Amy Tan, a child of Asian-American immigrant parents. Four Chinese women, immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting and call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Amy Tan describes the deep connection between the four women and their American-born daughters. As one critic states, Amy Tan returns to Whitman's stance and sings "a latter-day 'Song of Myself.’"
Class attendance / oral presentations / assignments / term paper
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club (Penguin Books, 1989)
Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Assigned readings must be completed before each class. Active participation in discussion is essential.
1. Amy Tan’s life and literary career 2. The Joy Luck Club (1989) (1) The mothers and the daughters Suyuan Woo and Jin-mei "June" Woo An-mei Hsu and Rose Hsu Jordan Lindo Jong and Waverly Jong Ying-ying St. Clair and Lena St. Clair (2) Mother-daughter dialogue (3) Ethnic voices 3. Film, The Joy Luck Club (1993, An Oliver Stone Production) 4. Other novels and essays by Amy Tan 5. Various critical approaches to fiction
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