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Flèche / Mary Jean Chan.

By: Chan, Mary Jean.
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2019Description: 78 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780571348046.Uniform titles: Poems. Selections Subject(s): Chan, Mary Jean -- Childhood and youth -- Poetry | Mothers and daughters -- Poetry | China -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Hong Kong (China) -- PoetryDDC classification: 895.11 Summary: "Flèche (the French word for 'arrow') is an offensive technique commonly used in épée, a competitive sport of the poet's teenage and young adult years. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as both vulnerable ('flesh') and weaponised ('flèche') in public and private spaces. Themes of multilingualism, queerness, post-colonialism, psychoanalysis and cultural history emerge by means of an imagined personal, maternal and national biography, spoken by a polyphony of female voices. The result is a series of poems that are urgent and hard-hitting as Chan keeps her readers on their toes, dazzling and devastating them by turn." - Book cover
List(s) this item appears in: New acquisitions Nov - Dec 2019 | New acquisitions 2019
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"Flèche (the French word for 'arrow') is an offensive technique commonly used in épée, a competitive sport of the poet's teenage and young adult years. This cross-linguistic pun presents the queer, non-white body as both vulnerable ('flesh') and weaponised ('flèche') in public and private spaces. Themes of multilingualism, queerness, post-colonialism, psychoanalysis and cultural history emerge by means of an imagined personal, maternal and national biography, spoken by a polyphony of female voices. The result is a series of poems that are urgent and hard-hitting as Chan keeps her readers on their toes, dazzling and devastating them by turn." - Book cover

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