ISBN: 0520261291
EAN13: 9780520261297
Language: English
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.55" H x 8.03" L x 5.35" W
Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Dictee is the best-known work of the versatile and important Korean American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. A classic work of autobiography that transcends the self, Dictee is the story of several women: the Korean revolutionary Yu Guan Soon, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, Cha's mother Hyung Soon Huo (a Korean born in Manchuria to first-generation Korean exiles), and Cha herself. The elements that unite these women are suffering and the transcendence of suffering. The book is divided into nine parts structured around the Greek Muses. Cha deploys a variety of texts, documents, images, and forms of address and inquiry to explore issues of dislocation and the fragmentation of memory. The result is a work of power, complexity, and enduring beauty.

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   Lovely Hybrid Book
Cha brings the reader to a word with great syntax and diction, with odd imagery and sounds. It provides great context through narrative and provides a historical look at a minority culture. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something not following a clichéd formula.
I bought this for my son's modern and postmodern poetry class. The book was in good, used condition and he enjoyed her poetry very much. It was a perfect price for his needs and the best we could find for this book with quick shipping.
   Condition and fast delivery good
This book was a bit confusing, however. If you like a challenge well, this book is for you. The best part was the images, aside from fast delivery, that I needed it ASAP for a class.
   Chaotic and Painful
It would perhaps work as a work of art, but as a piece of literature it stands as a scathing indictment of postmodernity, in love with its own disjointed voice. Its lack of punctuation and dodging between languages and purposeless stories seems to be fragmented expression. Professors of graduate literary programs and Asian studies programs will probably make you suffer at some point through this and gush about its commentary on disenfranchised Asian-Americans.
   New condition
Bought this for a comparativative literature class. More affordable than the college bookstore, easier than the library and no worries about return dates.