Tan, Amy: Further Reading

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Bow, Leslie. "The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan." In A Resource Guide to Asian American Literature, edited by Sau-ling Cynthia Wong and Stephen H. Sumida. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2001, 345 p.

A bio-critical essay, with bibliography, concerned with The Joy Luck Club.

Braendlin, Bonnie. "Mother/Daughter Dialog(ic)s In Around and About Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club." Synthesis: An Interdisciplinary Journal 1, no. 2 (fall 1995): 41-53.

Offers a feminist approach to assessing Tan's depiction of mother-daughter relationships.

Cooperman, Jeanette Batz. The Broom Closet: Secret Meanings of Domesticity in Postfeminist Novels by Louise Erdrich, Mary Gordon, Toni Morrison, Marge Piercy, Jane Smiley, and Amy Tan. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1999, 239 p.

Examines domestic rituals as they appear in novels by major contemporary women writers, including Tan.

Heung, Mariña. "Daughter-Text-Mother/Mother-Text: Matrilineage in Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club." Feminist Studies 19, no. 3 (fall 1993): 597-616.

Asserts that "despite Tan's explicit embrace of a daughter's perspective, The Joy Luck Club is remarkable for foregrounding the voices of mothers as well as of daughters."

Houston, Marsha. "Women and the Language of Race and Ethnicity." Women and Language 17, no. 1 (spring 1995): 1-7.

Traces the importance of multiple languages in The Joy Luck Club and Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior.

Huntley, E. D. Amy Tan: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998, 184 p.

Collection of essays covering numerous aspects of Tan's work.

Nagel, James. The Contemporary American Short-Story Cycle: The Ethnic Resonance of Genre. Baton Rouge, La.: Louisiana State University Press, 2001, 297 p.

Examines ethnicity in The Joy Luck Club.

Souris, Stephen. "'Only Two Kinds of Daughters': Inter-monologue Dialogicity in The Joy Luck Club." MELUS 19, no. 2 (summer 1994): 99-124.

Uses dynamic reader models to illustrate how readers are challenged to find the interconnections in The Joy Luck Club.

Wachtel, Eleanor. "Amy Tan." In Writers and Company, pp. 273-89. New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1993.

Interview in which Tan discusses the impact of her mother on her work; the role of women in Chinese society; and how differences between Chinese and American behavior have influenced her writing.


Additional coverage of Tan's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Writers Supplement, Vol. 10; Asian American Literature; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vols. 9, 48; Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction: Biography and Resources, Vol. 3; Bestsellers, Vol. 89:3; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography Supplement; Contemporary Authors, Vol. 136; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 54, 105; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 59, 120, 151; Contemporary Novelists, Ed. 7; Contemporary Popular Writers, Ed. 1; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 173; DISCovering Authors Modules: Multicultural, Novelists, and Popular; DISCovering Authors 3.0; Exploring Novels; Feminist Writers; Literature and Its Times, Vols. 3, 5; Major 20th-Century Writers, Ed. 2; Novels for Students, Vols. 1, 13, 16; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers; Short Stories for Students, Vol. 9; and Something about the Author, Vol. 75.