Gish Jen - Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self

Historic LoDo: Acclaimed writer Gish Jen, who has been nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award and featured in a PBS American Masters program on the American Novel, is the author of the three novels Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, and World and Town. She will join us to read from and sign her new book Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self (Harvard University Press). Drawing on a rich array of sources, from paintings to behavioral studies to her father s striking account of his childhood in China, this accessible book not only illuminates Jen s own development and celebrated work but also explores the aesthetic and psychic roots of the independent and interdependent self each mode of selfhood yielding a distinct way of observing, remembering, and narrating the world. The novel, Jen writes, is fundamentally a Western form that values originality, authenticity, and the truth of individual experience. By contrast, Eastern narrative emphasizes morality, cultural continuity, the everyday, the recurrent. In its progress from a moving evocation of one writer s life to a convincing delineation of the forces that have shaped our experience for millennia, Tiger Writing radically shifts the way we understand ourselves and our art-making.

“Blending family memoir, cultural criticism, and reflections on her own life as a writer, Gish Jen makes a compelling case for the novel as a meeting-ground of typically American themes of independence with classically Asian ideals of interdependence. Tiger Writing is a rare case of a book on writing that itself is a joy to read.” —David Damrosch, author of What Is World Literature?

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Event date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1628 16th St.
80202 Denver
Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674072831
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 25th, 2013

Mona in the Promised Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679776505
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Published: Vintage - April 1st, 1997

The Love Wife Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400076512
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Published: Vintage Books USA - October 11th, 2005

Typical American Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307389220
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 8th, 2008

World and Town Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307473301
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Published: Vintage Books - October 4th, 2011

Who's Irish?: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375705922
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2000