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In Double Agency, Tina Chen proposes impersonation as a paradigm for teasing out the performative dimensions of Asian American literature and culture. Asian American acts of impersonation, she argues, foreground the limits of subjectivity even as they insist on the undeniable importance of subjecthood.

By decoupling imposture from impersonation, Chen shows how Asian American performances have often been misinterpreted, read as acts of betrayal rather than multiple allegiance. A central paradox informing the book—impersonation as a performance of divided allegiance that simultaneously pays homage to and challenges authenticity and authority—thus becomes a site for reconsidering the implications of Asian Americans as double agents. In exploring the possibilities that impersonation affords for refusing the binary logics of loyalty/disloyalty, real/fake, and Asian/American, Double Agency attends to the possibilities of reading such acts as "im-personations"—dynamic performances, and a performance dynamics—through which Asian Americans constitute themselves as speaking and acting subjects.

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Chen (English, Vanderbilt U.) proposes impersonation as a paradigm for the performative dimensions of Asian American literature and culture. Those acts of impersonation, she asserts, foreground the limits of subjectivity even as they insist upon the undeniable importance of subjecthood. Decoupling imposture from impersonation, Chen exposes misinterpretations of Asian American performances, which have often been read of acts of betrayal rather than acts of multiple allegiance.
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In Double Agency, Tina Chen proposes impersonation as a paradigm for teasing out the performative dimensions of Asian American literature and culture. Asian American acts of impersonation, she argues, foreground the limits of subjectivity even as they insist on the undeniable importance of subjecthood.

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“...Chen provides an intelligent, well-organized study that will be immediately useful in the field. With this book, the field of Asian American studies comes of age.”--CHOICE

"...the sophistication with which Chen develops her critical framework and the deftness of her close readings make Double Agency an insightful and influential addition to the field of Asian American literary and cultural studies."—Journal of Asian American Studies

About the Author

Tina Chen is Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt Univers

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804751865
Author:
Chen, Tina
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Tina, Chen
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Asian americans
Subject:
American - Asian American
Subject:
Asian American
Subject:
Race in literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Asian America
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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In Double Agency, Tina Chen proposes impersonation as a paradigm for teasing out the performative dimensions of Asian American literature and culture. Asian American acts of impersonation, she argues, foreground the limits of subjectivity even as they insist on the undeniable importance of subjecthood.
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“...Chen provides an intelligent, well-organized study that will be immediately useful in the field. With this book, the field of Asian American studies comes of age.”--CHOICE

"...the sophistication with which Chen develops her critical framework and the deftness of her close readings make Double Agency an insightful and influential addition to the field of Asian American literary and cultural studies."—Journal of Asian American Studies

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