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Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self

Jen, Gish

Published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2013
ISBN 10: 0674072839 / ISBN 13: 9780674072831
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Title: Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

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Inscribed and signed by the author on the front endpaper: "For Suzanne-- / Happy Birthday! / Gish Jen." Quarterbound in white paper-covered boards with a green cloth, gold-lettered spine. Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine lightly bumped. The dust jacket is price-clipped; crease to front flap; Brodart protected. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006753

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For author Gish Jen, the daughter of Chinese immigrant parents, books were once an Outsiders' Guide to the Universe. But they were something more, too. Through her eclectic childhood reading, Jen stumbled onto a cultural phenomenon that would fuel her writing for decades to come: the profound difference in self-narration that underlies the gap often perceived between East and West.

Drawing on a rich array of sources, from paintings to behavioral studies to her father's striking account of his childhood in China, this accessible book not only illuminates Jen's own development and celebrated work but also explores the aesthetic and psychic roots of the independent and interdependent self-each mode of selfhood yielding a distinct way of observing, remembering, and narrating the world. The novel, Jen writes, is fundamentally a Western form that values originality, authenticity, and the truth of individual experience. By contrast, Eastern narrative emphasizes morality, cultural continuity, the everyday, the recurrent. In its progress from a moving evocation of one writer's life to a convincing delineation of the forces that have shaped our experience for millennia, Tiger Writing radically shifts the way we understand ourselves and our art-making.

About the Author: Gish Jen is a writer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of four novels, including Typical American and Mona in the Promised Land. Her most recent novel is World and Town.

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