"Beyond Literary Chinatown takes polycultural theory into Asian American aesthetics. Thoughtful and sensitive, Jeffrey Partridge revises many established ideas about Asian American fiction and offers a pathway out of the undertow of the ideology of assimilation."
-Vijay Prashad, author of Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity
"Partridge offers a spirited approach to an important set of questions, and he substantiates his case with a persuasive set of careful close readings.... Partridge's book offers an undeniably useful point of reference for future mediations on the role of formal analysis in Asian American literary criticism, and future scholars will do well to consider his work thoroughly."
"Beyond Literary Chinatown is highly recommended for readers interested in the politics of canon formation as well as in the ideological negotiations that must necessarily transpire as a 'minority' literature strives for topicality and relevance in both national and transnational contexts."
"In exploring practices of reading and writing, Partridge analyzes commonplace claims about the critical reception of these texts as well as how authors respond to such reception within their texts. Rather than posit either the audience or the text as final arbiter of meaning, he explores how reader's expectations about the text and author interact with the text to generate moments of intelligibility, misreadings, and subversive possibilities. He thoughtfully turns to a range of prose and poetry texts as well extra-textual material for evidence to support these claims about the dynamics of meaningmaking. . . .This book contributes substantively to the work of Asian American literary studies in understanding how Chinese American literature moves in the world outside its academic reception."
-Modern Fiction Studies
"Partridge's conclusions deserve serious development for their transnational resonance. This is a compelling, valuable, and provocative study. Recommended."