Stacilee Ford

in Troubling American Women

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083114
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207639 | DOI:

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The narratives considered in this study have proved that there is no such thing as a “typical American woman”. Yet there are threads of connection. All of the texts enrich the understanding of the ways in which notions of gender and national identity are shaped, in part, by the cross-cultural encounter, albeit in highly individual ways. In addition, each story within this diverse archive attests to both the plasticity and the rigidity of American national identity across time and place. The second half of the book has hinted at the complex but undeniable relationship between real and imagined American women as popular culture supersized a growing American presence in the region. In general, the most significant point of connection between all of the narratives presented is their didactic style or what has been called here the pedagogical impulse.

Keywords: American woman; cross-cultural encounter; gender; national identity; American women; pedagogical impulse

Chapter.  1410 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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