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American Ethnic Writers

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ISBN : 1587654652
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Covers numerous ethnic writers and their works. All major American ethnicities are covered: African American, Asian American, Jewish American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

American Ethnic Writers

Author : David R. Peck
ISBN : 0893561843
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Presents profiles of American writers of Asian, African, Jewish, Native American, and other ethnic backgrounds, discussing their contributions to literature and how their works deal with the themes of race and ethnicity.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Non National In Contemporary American Literature

Author : Dalia M.A. Gomaa
ISBN : 9781137496256
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This study examines contemporary narratives by Arab-American, South-Asian American, Chicana, and Cuban-American women writers. Gomaa argues that the disparate histories of Arabs, South Asians, Chicanas, and Cubans in the U.S. unfold new non-national sites for affiliations and identifications that unsettle notions of a unified American national space. In each chapter a South-Asian American, Chicana, or Cuban-American text is paired with an Arab-American text to examine sites of ambivalence, which problematize an individual's sense of belonging to an "imagined community." The author proposes a redefinition of imagined communities to imagined transnational communities, which are formed beyond the geographical boundaries of a single nation and are not nation-centered. This study values Arab-American writings as a potential terrain to expand American Studies, and calls attention to Arab-American feminist strategies that contribute to theoretical debates by and about American women writers.
Category: Literary Criticism

American Ethnic Writers

Author : David R. Peck
ISBN : UCSC:32106015763243
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Presents profiles of American writers of Asian, African, Jewish, Native American, and other ethnic backgrounds, discussing their contributions to literature and how their works deal with the themes of race and ethnicity.
Category: Literary Criticism

Writing Tricksters

Author : Jeanne Rosier Smith
ISBN : 0520206568
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Brilliant. Smith shows us how to bridge and link authors into an understanding of contemporary American literature that occupies shared ground, yet she insists on the imperative of educating ourselves in many U.S. traditions. The result is a book that meets the extremely difficult challenge of working multiculturally without either erasing or overdetermining difference. This discussion will have applications well beyond the group of authors discussed here."--Elizabeth Ammons, coeditor of "Tricksterism in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature: A Multicultural Perspective" "Transcultural and thoroughly documented, this study of contemporary ethnic texts by women is comparative in the most scholarly sense. No reader of modern American fiction could argue against its trickster premises: "the power to laugh at old worlds, and invent new ones.""--Kenneth Lincoln, author of "Indi'n Humor: Bicultural Play in Native America" "Communicates keen insights on fictional techniques and cultural themes in clear, elegant and jargon-free language. I believe that this study will serve as an excellent model for future multicultural literary criticism."--Bonnie TuSmith, author of "All My Relatives" "Highly accessible to a diverse audience, "Writing Tricksters" forces readers to examine the power of storytelling traditions to cultural and individual survival. Smith's cross-cultural discussion of the trickster is right on the cusp of an important, evolving analytical direction."--Alanna Kathleen Brown, Montana State University "Few scholars have attempted to find the lines of contact and connection between ethnic writers. "Writing Tricksters" is fresh and original, an important addition to the growing corpus of truly multicultural critical texts."--Joseph Skerrett, coeditor of "Memory, Narrative, and Identity"
Category: Literary Criticism

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

Author : Junot Daz
ISBN : 9781594483295
Genre : Fiction
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Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness. A first novel by the author of the collection, Drown. Reprint.
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Encyclopedia Of Jewish American Literature

Author : Alan L. Berger
ISBN : 9781438140612
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Presents a reference on Jewish American literature providing profiles of Jewish American writers and their works.

America The Dream Of My Life

Author : David Steven Cohen
ISBN : 0813515157
Genre : History
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This selection is the first statewide collection of life histories from the Social-Ethnic Studies program of the Federal Writers's Project. They represent for ethnic history what the more famous Federal Writers' Project's Slave Narratives have meant for African-American history.
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The Ethnic Avant Garde

Author : Steven S. Lee
ISBN : 9780231540117
Genre : Literary Criticism
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During the 1920s and 1930s, American minority artists and writers collaborated extensively with the Soviet avant-garde, seeking to build a revolutionary society that would end racial discrimination and advance progressive art. Making what Claude McKay called "the magic pilgrimage" to the Soviet Union, these intellectuals placed themselves at the forefront of modernism, using radical cultural and political experiments to reimagine identity and decenter the West. Shining rare light on these efforts, The Ethnic Avant-Garde makes a unique contribution to interwar literary, political, and art history, drawing extensively on Russian archives, travel narratives, and artistic exchanges to establish the parameters of an undervalued "ethnic avant-garde." These writers and artists cohered around distinct forms that mirrored Soviet techniques of montage, fragment, and interruption. They orbited interwar Moscow, where the international avant-garde converged with the Communist International. The book explores Vladimir Mayakovsky's 1925 visit to New York City via Cuba and Mexico, during which he wrote Russian-language poetry in an "Afro-Cuban" voice; Langston Hughes's translations of these poems while in Moscow, which he visited to assist on a Soviet film about African American life; a futurist play condemning Western imperialism in China, which became Broadway's first major production to feature a predominantly Asian American cast; and efforts to imagine the Bolshevik Revolution as Jewish messianic arrest, followed by the slow political disenchantment of the New York Intellectuals. Through an absorbing collage of cross-ethnic encounters that also include Herbert Biberman, Sergei Eisenstein, Paul Robeson, and Vladimir Tatlin, this work remaps global modernism along minority and Soviet-centered lines, further advancing the avant-garde project of seeing the world anew.
Category: Literary Criticism