English before engrish: Asian American poetry's unruly tongue

Tara Fickle*

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This article interrogates the limits of the "playful" genre that Timothy Yu has recently defined as Asian American experimental or avant-garde poetry. Through the work of John Yau, Brian Kim Stefans, Fred Wah, and others, I demonstrate the centrality of Wittgensteinian poetics to the aesthetic innovations of contemporary Asian North American poets whose language games challenge normative assumptions about the relationship between language, literature, and identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-105
Number of pages28
JournalComparative Literature Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Asian American
  • Asian Canadian
  • Avant-garde
  • Language games
  • Poetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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