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Weike Wang’s “Chemistry” and Asian-Anglophone Narrative Voices

"Chemistry" & Literature: English Department PhD Candidate Jane Hu in the New Yorker

Jane Hu, a PhD candidate in UC Berkeley’s English Department, recently published “The “Inscrutable” Voices of Asian-Anglophone Fiction” in The New Yorker. Hu considers the narrative deftness of the new novel Chemistry by Weike Wang before embarking on an extended meditation of the construction of narrative voicings within influential Asian-Anglophone works, drawing on interviews with Wang and other important figures. She notes a pattern in which many of these novels “feature first-person narrators who keep their distance—actively denying readers direct interior access.” An informative read for anybody interested in contemporary fiction, Asian-Anglophone works, or narrative voice, Hu’s article sheds new light on the works she discusses.

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The Continuing Influence of James Baldwin

Finding James Baldwin at the Library
James Baldwin taken Hyde Park, London. Allan Warren, CC BY-SA 3.0

We’re inspired by BAMPFA’s current film exhibition, James Baldwin, Reflection and Resistance: James Baldwin and Cinema! Brush up on your Baldwin with his works available at the UC Berkeley Libraries.

The recent 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro based on James Baldwin’s incomplete manuscript, Remember This House, has made quite the critical splash, and yet this award-winning film is far from the first Baldwin piece to make it to the silver screen. In related programming, Thursday, November 9th at BAMPFA features a showing of documentary The Nine Muses by John Akomfrah, with an introduction from UC Berkeley’s own Stephen Best, and Tongues Untied, introduced by Damon Young, on Thursday, November 16th. Can’t make it? You can find both films at the Moffitt Library Media Resources Center here and here.

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