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Since the publication of The Woman Warrior in 1976, Maxine Hong Kingston has gained a reputation as one of the most popular—and controversial—writers in the Asian American literary tradition. This book traces her development as a writer and cultural activist through both ethnic and feminist discourses, investigating her novels, occasional writings, and her two-book ‘life-writing project’. The publication of The Woman Warrior not only propelled Kingston into the mainstream literary limelight, but also precipitated a vicious and ongoing controversy in Asian American letters over the authenticity—or fakery—of her cultural references. This book traces the debates through the appearance of China Men (1981), as well as the novel Tripmaster Monkey (1989) and her most recent work The Fifth Book of Peace.

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Essays on Rudyard Kipling

This book is a collection of essays on Rudyard Kipling and brings historical, literary critical and postcolonial approaches to this perennially controversial writer. The first and fairest thing to say about Kipling is that he has borne a brilliant part in recovering the lost provinces of poetry. Kipling's morality is the morality of someone who has to prove that God is not responsible for part of the world, and that the Devil is. Kipling's imperialist opinions became more strident after the Boer War he lost the esteem of British literary intellectuals, whom he in turn despised. The book addresses Kipling's approach to the Boer war, his involvement with World War One, his Englishness and the politics of literary quotation. It demonstrates the effects of a Kipling-conditioned world on Edward Thomas, Ivor Gurney and David Jones. The book focuses on Kipling's collection of stories and accompanying poems, Actions and Reactions, which was published in October 1909. It also probes the historical subtext of the children's fable Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Indian history, Kipling's search for God, and his longest Indian experience of footloose travel in the Native states of North India. Stalky & Co is the text of Kipling's which features the largest number of quotations. Kipling's notion of the ideally masculine 'army man' in relation to contemporary late Victorian discourses and practices of same-sex passion is analyzed. The book also addresses Kipling's views on the question of fascism, anti-Semitism and the 'doctrine of racial superiority'.

Tuairim and cultural conservatism
Tomás Finn

as those mentioned above reflected a concern with morality rather than the literary merit of a novel. furthermore, if the appeals board confirmed a prohibition order, that book was banned in perpetuity. authors such as edna o’brien not only were deprived of part of their income, but also, on occasion, encountered hostility because of the public perception of them as controversial writers. o’brien’s neighbours went so far as burning her book Girl with green eyes, in the grounds of her local church in 1962.6 Though this is an extreme example, censorship thus

in Tuairim, intellectual debate and policy formulation
Helena Grice

Kingston has gained a reputation as one of the most popular – and controversialwriters in the Asian American literary tradition, who has been by turn celebrated and excoriated. Kingston’s development as a writer and cultural activist in relation to both ethnic and feminist traditions, occurs across the range of her expanding oeuvre: her two novels, her occasional writings and her two-book life-writing project. How do we account for the phenomenal success of The Woman Warrior – the most widely read title in American universities today – a success that not only

in Maxine Hong Kingston
The British Interplanetary Society before the Second World War
Charlotte Sleigh

the BIS, another Liverpudlian enterprise. Besides this, Cleator had many connections in the science fiction world, most notably Walter Gillings, founder of the Ilford Circle and editor of the first major science fiction magazine in the UK, Tales of Wonder (1937–42).9 The magazine mediation of the interplanetary movement continued in 1934, during the brief run of the boys’ science-orientated paper Scoops, which contained a column by Cleator entitled ‘To the planets’. The controversial writer and scientist-inventor A.M. Low knitted the connections tighter, having

in Scientific governance in Britain, 1914–79
The works of Mary Wollstonecraft
Jennie Batchelor

, Wollstonecraft’s career sheds further light on the gains and losses made by eighteenth-century women writers who participated in the debate on women’s work, then an investigation of her writings in the context of these exchanges also offers new insights into the work of this controversial writer. Some of the most vexed and contested aspects of Wollstonecraft’s work, particularly those concerning the relationship between her class and gender politics, appear rather differently, if no less comfortably, if they are viewed as inevitable repercussions of a career-long attempt to

in Women’s work
Medicine and the knowledge economy in Asia
Andrew Mackillop

’s surgeon in 1732. He rose to become the principal doctor at Calcutta by 1746, acquire a fortune of £30,937 and a reputation as a prolific if controversial writer on subjects ranging from medical research to the Company’s administration of Bengal. 29 Holwell’s journey was a geographic, intellectual and social one. He constitutes a revealing example of the repackaging of colonial knowledge to generate ‘scientific celebrity’. His move from Dublin to London, then to the Company’s maritime and Bengal medical establishments enabled the acquisition of skills, experience

in Human capital and empire
Writers in British society and tales of their private lives and personal affairs
Nigel Mather

biographer’s duty. If something is known it must be told, with all the details.’ 2 As if taking inspiration from such trends towards frankness in the writing of biographies, and perhaps sensing some business opportunities in the process, a number of film-makers in Britain turned their attentions during the 2000s to exploring the lives and personal relationships of certain seminal and innovative (and sometimes controversial) writers in British literary and cultural history – Jane Austen (1775–1817), John Keats (1795–1821), Charles Dickens (1812–1870), Oscar Wilde (1854

in Sex and desire in British films of the 2000s
Open Access (free)
Geoffrey K. Roberts
Patricia Hogwood

led to an agreement that Heuss would be supported by both parties for the position of Federal President when the Federal Republic was founded in 1949. Heuss was a much-respected President, and enjoyed a good relationship with Adenauer. He was re-elected as Federal President in 1954 for a second term. He died in 1963. [See also: Adenauer; Hitler; nazism*] Heym, Stefan Controversial

in The politics today companion to West European Politics