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Critical Insights: The Joy Luck Club

A great starting point for students or casual readers looking for a introduction to the themes and discussions on Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club.

This volume presents an array of scholarship on a novel that is quickly becoming a modern classic, Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club. The Critical Contexts section of this volume presents four original survey essays that provide the reader with a useful framework for studying Tan's novel. Camille-Yvette Welsch begins by surveying the critical reception of Tan's works, particularly Joy Luck. Evans returns to place the book in an appropriate cultural and historical context-looking specifically at the four decades following World War II. Doris L. Eder considers some of the mechanics of Tan's novel, including structure, narration, style, and themes; after which Neil Heims compares and contrasts Tan's book with Michael Cunningham's The Hours.

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