Toward a Prehistory of Asian American Verse

Steven G. Yao

in Foreign Accents

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730339
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866540 | DOI:

Series: Global Asias

Toward a Prehistory of Asian American Verse

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Through examining the various terms—tonal, rhetorical, thematic, and formal—by which Ezra Pound sought to present Chinese poetic culture and identity in Cathay, this essay delineates a “pre-history” of Asian American verse. For, departing from the reigning discourse of the “Yellow Peril,” Cathay has in turn come to embody the authority of the cultural dominant, thereby defining the framework of evaluation for other voicings in English of “Chinese” and “Asian” cultural heritage.

Keywords: lumping; lyric; affect; testimony; orientalism; Cathay; transparency; modernism

Chapter.  10106 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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