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<i>The Fifth Book of Peace</i> (2003) and <i>To Be the Poet</i> (2002)

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/9780719064029.003.0006
The Fifth Book of Peace (2003) and To Be the Poet (2002)

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This chapter examines Maxine Hong Kingston's latest novel, The Fifth Book of Peace (2003), and suggests that in addition to her popularity as a feminist writer, she deserves recognition as a pacifist writer and activist, and that we need to reconceive of her work as part of an on-going pacifist project. It also claims that Kingston can be considered alongside other Asian American authors, notably Le-Ly Hayslip, as contributing towards the evolution of an Asian American women's peace literature.

Keywords: Maxine Hong Kingston; Asian American women; feminist writer; pacifism writer; Le-Ly Hayslip; peace literature

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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