A New Historicist Analysis of the Rewriting of Chinese American History in Donald Duk

Xiaoxue WANG


Frank Chin creates the methods of recovering the lost history of Chinese Americans in his book Donald Duk. He constructs the male heroism through traditional Chinese culture, challenges American education of history through describing the changing process of Donald’s attitudes towards anything about China, and rewrites his version of Chinese American history by analyzing the relation between dreams and reality. Thus Chin achieves his strategy to subvert “History” with “history.” This paper intends to give a new historicist analysis of the rewriting of Chinese American history in Chinese American literature through Donald Duk by Frank Chin.


New Historicism; Donald Duk; Rewriting; Chinese American history

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/4448


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