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The Woman Warrior (1976)

Helena Grice

in Maxine Hong Kingston

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719064029
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719064029.003.0002
The Woman Warrior (1976)

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Much of the critical debate surrounding The Woman Warrior has centred upon the book's troubling generic status. Ostensibly a memoir—the subtitle is ‘Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts’—the book won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, but it blends together elements of several genres, including fiction, myth, auto/biography and memoir, in a manner that is not easily categorised. Ultimately, for Maxine Hong Kingston, the talk-story form becomes a new kind of genre, one malleable to her own purposes.

Keywords: generic status; The Woman Warrior; nonfiction; Maxine Hong Kingston; talk-story

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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