Kingston tells the secret story her mom told her about a forgotten aunt, the sister of kingston's dad in china the author imagines that this already married no name woman was pressured into having sex with an anonymous villager who promptly led a village attack against her when he found out she got pregnant. Childhood experience, the woman warrior recounts the life experience of maxine hong kingston, a chinese american woman who was born in the united states and grew up in the chinatown in stockton, california. Maxine hong kingston (chinese: 湯婷婷 born maxine ting ting hong october 27, 1940) is a chinese american author and professor emerita at the university of california, berkeley, where she graduated with a ba in english in 1962. The woman warrior: a question of genre jenessa job download this article in 1975, maxine hong kingston published her critically acclaimed autobiography, the woman warrior: memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts, which describes her experiences and struggles while growing up as a chinese-american girl in california.
The woman warrior: memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts is an autobiographical novel of maxine hong kingston's life, illuminated by references to the women whose histories influenced her in the. Divided into five chapters, each of which is more or less self-contained, maxine hong kingston's the woman warrior explores the many forms of adversity that women face kingston uses women's stories to explore her own cultural history as a first-generation chinese american, she struggles to. In the woman warrior, maxine hong kingston tells us that long ago in china there was a knot so complicated that it blinded the knot-maker it was outlawed by the emperor, but kingston says, if i lived in china, i would have been an outlaw knot maker ( 190.
The woman warrior: memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts is a book written by chinese american author maxine hong kingston and published by alfred a knopf in 1976 the book blends autobiography with what kingston purports to be old chinese folktales, although several scholars have questioned the accuracy and authenticity of these folktales. Maxine hong kingston's woman warrior has assumed the stature of an ethnic classic, but its merits go beyond the chinese materials and the drama of a girl's struggle to reconcile the demands of two cultures. By judy huang '01 the woman warrior, by maxine hong kingston, was published to great popular acclaim to very varied audiences, kingston's work seemed to embody the views of a certain population of chinese-american women. In her award-winning book the woman warrior, maxine hong kingston created an entirely new form—an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis.
Chinese woman as a role model of strength and appropriating a chinese story as a source for identifying race and gender, kingston undermines the dominant portrayal of men often times found in western narratives (25. The woman warrior is a collection of maxine hong kingston's memoirs, so it is technically a work of nonfiction but the author is careful never to mention her name in the narrative this is presumably because the book, while grounded in truth, does not maintain a clear boundary between reality and. Quest for identity in maxine hong kingston's autobiography, the woman warrior maxine hong kingston's autobiography, the woman warrior, features a young chinese-american constantly searching for an unusual bird that would serve as her impeccable guide on her quest for individuality (49.
The woman warrior combines kingston's memoir of growing up in the us the daughter of chinese immigrants, her mother's story, and chinese folklore and history my favorite chapter, shaman, tells the history of how her mother became a doctor of midwifery in china, and battled ghosts in a woman's dormitory. Maxine hong kingston concludes the book with a separate section beginning with one of her mother's stories kingston's grandma loved to watch operas in china, making it a family tradition to go out. The woman warrior study guide contains a biography of maxine kingston, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis about the woman warrior the woman warrior summary.
The item the woman warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts, maxine hong kingston represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in indiana state library. The woman warrior maxine hong kingston (born maxine ting ting hong) american autobiographer, novelist, journalist, essayist, and short story writer the following entry provides analysis and. The woman warrior is inspired by her mother's words, she said i would grow up a wife and a slave, but she taught me the song of the warrior woman, fa mu lan i would have to grow up a warrior woman (kingston 34.