America's Asia: Racial Form and American Literature, 1893-1945

Colleen Lye (Author)

Product Details

Princeton University Press
Publish Date
November 14, 2004
6.44 X 0.75 X 9.22 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Colleen Lye is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an editorial board member of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and Representations.


"America's Asia offers an original, wry, relentlessly sustained, solidly researched, and trenchantly historicized way of refiguring the making of Asia/Pacific-U.S. relations. Probing the racial dynamics of global modernity and class tensions in spectacular new ways, Lye's book shows the invention of the Pacific Rim as a horizon of US global expansion as much as a racial frontier of Asian management and exclusion. A superb, far-reaching and important work."--Rob Wilson, University of California, Santa Cruz and author, Reimagining the American Pacific
"A combination of literary criticism, history, race and ethnic studies; and political theory and history, America's Asia places meticulous analyses of a critically defined historical field within a theoretical framework that greatly extends the significance of this period and these issues to the question of American modernity."--David Palumbo-Liu, author of Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier
"No student or scholar of Asian America can afford to ignore this book. Lye is as mindful of the broad strokes of history as she is of the detail of literary texture, of the domestic as of the global. She engages with radical theories of interpretation, the trajectories of gendering, as well as the vicissitudes of U.S. Marxism. It is a learned book; the documentation alone is a brilliant aid to scholarship. And it is also a wise book: its premises rethink white supremacy as merely a racial ideology."--Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
"Through a densely historicized, insightful reading of literary naturalism, Colleen Lye makes important contributions to understanding U.S. political, economic, and social history. . . . This is an exemplary work of materialist study of literature and history that humbles most literary critics and historians."---Mari Yoshihara, Journal of American History
"Honorable Mention for the 2006 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize"
"One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2005"
"Winner of the 2005 Cultural Studies Award, The Association for Asian American Studies"