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Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics (review)

Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics (review) the contemporary pacific · 22:1 (2010) Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics, by Yunte Huang. Cambridge, ma: Harvard University Press, 2008. isbn 978-0674-02637-7; xi + 187 pages, illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. Cloth, us$37.00. For the past twenty years or so, the field of American studies has undergone a post-national turn that has elicited diverse scholarship that takes hemispheres, regions, areas, borderlands, and the planet as founding critical geographies. This turn, once cutting-edge, has become more or less the norm for the field. In Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics, a work of postnational American literary history, Yunte Huang brings together readings of canonical American and AsianAmerican literature, Chinese historiography, and the faux-Hiroshima writings of Yasusada. Huang argues that transpacific imaginations refer to "literary and historical imaginations that have emerged under the tremendous geopolitical pressure of the Pacific encounters" (2). The first section of the book, "History: And the Views from the Shores," is divided into three brief chapters on the transpacific travel writing of Mark Twain, Henry Adams, and Chinese historian Liang Qichao. In 1866, Twain was sent as a newspaper correspondent to Hawai`i, where he wrote a series of letters in which he celebrated the Pacific as a space http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 22 (1) – Feb 21, 2010

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the contemporary pacific · 22:1 (2010) Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics, by Yunte Huang. Cambridge, ma: Harvard University Press, 2008. isbn 978-0674-02637-7; xi + 187 pages, illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. Cloth, us$37.00. For the past twenty years or so, the field of American studies has undergone a post-national turn that has elicited diverse scholarship that takes hemispheres, regions, areas, borderlands, and the planet as founding critical geographies. This turn, once cutting-edge, has become more or less the norm for the field. In Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics, a work of postnational American literary history, Yunte Huang brings together readings of canonical American and AsianAmerican literature, Chinese historiography, and the faux-Hiroshima writings of Yasusada. Huang argues that transpacific imaginations refer to "literary and historical imaginations that have emerged under the tremendous geopolitical pressure of the Pacific encounters" (2). The first section of the book, "History: And the Views from the Shores," is divided into three brief chapters on the transpacific travel writing of Mark Twain, Henry Adams, and Chinese historian Liang Qichao. In 1866, Twain was sent as a newspaper correspondent to Hawai`i, where he wrote a series of letters in which he celebrated the Pacific as a space

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Published: Feb 21, 2010

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