English, Literature, and Modern Languages Faculty Publications

Title

Negotiating the Geography of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2012

Journal Title

The Midwest Quarterly

Volume

54

Issue

1

First Page

82

Last Page

96

Abstract

A literary criticism of the novel "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan is presented. It analyzes the importance of mother-daughter relationships among Chinese Americans, noting a cultural gap and generation gap between immigrant mothers and their daughters. The role of geographical features in such relationships is addressed.

Keywords

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan, mother-daughter relationships, Chinese Americans