Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope : Stories of the American Experience

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This innovative multicultural reader gathers together diaries, histories, autobiographies, short stories, and excerpts from novels to bring the many facets of the American experience to life, from sixteenth-century explorations to this century's ongoing saga of immigration and acculturation. Extending the traditional boundaries of the American literary canon, the editors first offer a comprehensive overview of the history of multicultural social and literary patterns in the United States, and then present a wealth of richly diverse stories--construing that term in the broadest possible sense--from both celebrated and lesser-known authors emphasizing pluralistic experience. Whenever possible, they present narratives of cross-cultural contact and exchange, rather than reports of cultures observed in isolation. Offering a uniquely broad range of readings within a strong thematic structure, Kaleidoscope is an enjoyable and enlightening reader for anyone interested in American literature and history, or the new emphasis on multiculturalism.show more

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  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 33mm | 929.88g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0195072227
  • 9780195072228

About Barbara Perkins

George Perkins is editor of The American Tradition in Literature (Seventh Edition, 1990), the leading American literature survey text. George and Barbara Perkins are co-authors or co-editors of Contemporary American Literature (1988), The Reader's Encyclopedia of American literature (1991), and Women's Work: American Literature by Women (1994), and founders and editors of The Journal of Narrative Technique.show more

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