Thursday, March 31, 2011

Featuring Asian American Authors: Theresa Cha

Submitted by Kelly Musselman '11

Theresa Cha was born in 1951 in Korea.  She moved around a lot in Korea as a child because of the war and then her family immigrated to America.  She received her B.A., M.A., and M.F.A. from University of California, Berkeley.  She also moved to Paris for her Post-Graduate study.  She began studying films and collected a number of essays on the subject entitled Apparatus, Cinematographic Apparatus: Selected Writings (1981).

Cha published her only book, Dictee, in the same year she was murdered.  The book is a semi-autobiographical work composed in many genres.

"The story contained in [Dictee] is of several women. First there is a Korean revolutionary, Yu guan Soon; then Joan of Arc and St. Theresa of Lisieuz make an appearance, as well as Cha's mother and Cha, herself; also included are the Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone; and Hyung Soon Huo, a Korean born first-generation immigrant.[...]

Dictee is divided into nine parts, each part dedicated to one of the nine Greek muses, and it focuses on developing metaphors for loss and dislocation. The book has also been described as a collage, as it contains not only various styles of writing, such as poetry, handwritten drafts, historical documents, biographical excerpts, letters, and translation exercises, it also incorporates maps, charts, and photographs."  -- From Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2004. From Literature Resource Center.

For more information about Theresa Cha, please see the articles in Literature Resource Center. Or check out Dictee from Burling Library:

Burling 3rd Floor  PS3553.H13 D5 1995

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