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English Before Engrish: Asian American Poetry’s Unruly Tongue

English Before Engrish: Asian American Poetry’s Unruly Tongue Abstract: This article interrogates the limits of the “playful” genre that Timothy Yu has recently defined as Asian American experimental or avant-garde poetry. Through the work of John Yau, Brian Kim Stefans, Fred Wah, and others, I demonstrate the centrality of Wittgensteinian poetics to the aesthetic innovations of contemporary Asian North American poets whose language games challenge normative assumptions about the relationship between language, literature, and identity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Literature Studies Penn State University Press

English Before Engrish: Asian American Poetry’s Unruly Tongue

Comparative Literature Studies , Volume 51 (1)

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Abstract

Abstract: This article interrogates the limits of the “playful” genre that Timothy Yu has recently defined as Asian American experimental or avant-garde poetry. Through the work of John Yau, Brian Kim Stefans, Fred Wah, and others, I demonstrate the centrality of Wittgensteinian poetics to the aesthetic innovations of contemporary Asian North American poets whose language games challenge normative assumptions about the relationship between language, literature, and identity.

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Comparative Literature StudiesPenn State University Press

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