Hisaye Yamamoto Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Short Story Criticism)

Cheung, King-Kok. "Rhetorical Silence: 'Seventeen Syllables,' 'Yoneko's Earthquake,' and 'The Legend of Miss Sasagawara.'" In Articulate Silences: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa, pp. 27-73. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1993.

Explores the multiple levels and forms of silence employed in Yamamoto's stories, focusing on "Seventeen Syllables," "Yoneko's Earthquake," and "The Legend of Miss Sasagawara."

——. "Reading between the Syllables: Hisaye Yamamoto's Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories " In Teaching American Ethnic Literatures: Nineteen Essays, edited by John R. Maitino and David R. Peck, pp. 313-25. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996.

Broad overview of Yamamoto's themes, styles, and techniques; includes suggestions for group activities, discussion questions, and a bibliography of related works and criticism.

Crow, Charles L. "The Issei Father in the Fiction of Hisaye Yamamoto." In Opening Up Literary Criticism: Essays on American Prose and Poetry, edited by Leo Truchlar, pp. 34-40. Salzburg: Neugebauer, 1986.

Considers Yamamoto's stories in terms of her first-generation immigrant Japanese male characters.

Miner, Valerie. A review of Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories. The Nation 248, No. 16 (1989): 566-68.

Brief discussion, commenting on Yamamoto's realism and culturally diverse characters.

Osborne, William P., and Sylvia A. Watanabe. "A Conversation with Hisaye Yamamoto." Chicago Review 39, Nos. 3-4 (1993): 34-8.

Interview focusing on ethnic and cultural issues surrounding Yamamoto and her work.

Payne, Robert M. "Adapting (to) the Margins: Hot Summer Winds and the Stories of Hisaye Yamamoto." East-West Film Journal 7, No. 2 (July 1993): 39-53.

Analyzes the television film Hot Summer Winds in terms of its "striking differences" from the Yamamoto stories "Seventeen Syllables" and "Yoneko's Earthquake" on which it is based.

Wheeler, Elizabeth A. "A Concrete Island: Hisaye Yamamoto's Postwar Los Angeles." Southern California Quarterly LXXVIII, No. 1 (Spring 1996): 19-50.

Examines Yamamoto as "An urban writer, a chronicler of postwar Los Angeles," focusing on the story "The Wilshire Bus."

Yogi, Stan. "Rebels and Heroines: Subversive Narratives in the Stories of Wakako Yamauchi and Hisaye Yamamoto." In Reading the Literatures of Asian America, edited by Shirley Geok-lin Lim and Amy Ling, pp. 131-50. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992.

Treats Yamamoto's stories "Seventeen Syllables" and "Yoneko's Earthquake" as subversive to the strict cultural codes of female behavior within the issei family.

Additional coverage of Yamamoto's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Group: Asian American Literature.