by Taylor Follett
Calling undergrads! We all use the Library for study and research, but the collections are bursting with popular novels, collections from local poets, YA, graphic novels, and everything you might need for a cozy weekend of pleasure writing. The UC Berkeley English Undergraduate Association’s book club, EUA Reads is indulging this semester by reading and discussing three wonderful works pulled from Library bookshelves. Whether you want to follow along on your own or join the EUA for their fortnightly book club, please join us in reading these picks!
Jane Hu, a PhD candidate in UC Berkeley’s English Department, recently published “The “Inscrutable” Voices of Asian-Anglophone Fiction” in The New Yorker. Hu considers the narrative deftness of the new novel Chemistry by Weike Wang before embarking on an extended meditation of the construction of narrative voicings within influential Asian-Anglophone works, drawing on interviews with Wang and other important figures. She notes a pattern in which many of these novels “feature first-person narrators who keep their distance—actively denying readers direct interior access.” An informative read for anybody interested in contemporary fiction, Asian-Anglophone works, or narrative voice, Hu’s article sheds new light on the works she discusses.
Check out the novels at the Berkeley libraries!