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Sharma 139). If Patricia Chu finds in the mother-daughter narrative a utopian family romance that affirms cultural citizenship, in the hands of these authors’ flexible strategies the genre is also a site for questioning the reinscription of the maternal romance as a viable route for belonging. Chapter 3, “Romancing the Self and Negotiating Postfeminist Consumer Citizenship in Asian American Women’s Labor Lit,” deepens my argument that Asian American women’s genre fiction moves beyond affirmations of cultural citizenship to engage various discourses of neoliberal belonging.
8 Further, Asian American Women’s Popular Literature’s contention that Asian American women’s popular literature has been important for the legibility of Asian American women’s citizenship and that it has contributed to the contemporary reformulation of belonging is in large part based on the premise that authorship is one of several methods of displaying participation in mainstream culture as mandated by neoliberal cultural citizenship. The wide range of fiction and nonfiction written by women about mothers, mothering, and motherhood that finds its way into public consciousness, whether as print texts, e-books, or filmic adaptations, is breathtaking.
Asian American Women’s Popular Literature focuses on fictional print narratives, locates them in a neoliberal context that blurs distinctions among cultural, political, and consumer practices, and moves beyond interpretations of literature as aestheticized tools of liberal nation-building or as unequivocal affirmations of cultural citizenship. asian american women’s popular literatureâ•‡ /â•‡ 35 Chapter Overview Chapter 2, “Asian American Mother-Daughter Narrative and the Neoliberal American Dream of Transformative Femininity,” recontextualizes this most identifiable and feminizing genre of Asian American women’s literature in the citizenship discourse I call “neoliberal maternal discourse” and offers an alternative to shallow sentimentality for understanding the popularity of mother-daughter narratives.