Maxine Hong Kingston American Literature Analysis - Essay

Maxine Hong Kingston American Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Maxine Hong Kingston has transformed biography and autobiography into a new art form, infusing it with fantasy, history, culture, multilingual linguistic versatility, politics, satire, and much more. Chronology gives way to a more intuitive sense of the connections across space and time that drive individuals and peoples. She “creates” events in the lives of the real people in cases where she is not privy to what actually happened, posing contradictory versions of reality to make readers shift perspective and speculate themselves about the reliability of “history” and “fact.” She tampers with ancient Chinese myth, legend, and history to give her writing a larger, more important truth and to replace the values that drove...

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