Amy Tan Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Amy Tan Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Like the works of many late twentieth and early twenty-first century writers, Amy Tan’s books are difficult to classify into a single fictional genre. Although Tan’s works are indisputably novels, readers and critics agree that her fiction fuses several narrative genres: memoir and autobiography, mythology and folktale, history and biography. Moreover, like Maxine Hong Kingston, Tan appropriates and deploys Chinese talk story—a combination of narrative genres from Chinese oral tradition expressed in a local vernacular—to give shape and a distinctive voice to her novels.

Tan’s fictional landscape is both geographically vast and spatially confined. In her first four novels, the American spaces embrace San...

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