Multicultural American Literature

Multicultural American Literature : Comparative Black, Native Latino/a and Asian American Fictions

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Prizewinner in the twenty-fifth annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS for 2004, presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. A full, detailed and carefully comparative analysis of recent American 'ethnic' writing from an author with an unparalleled knowledge of his subject. Timely, wide-ranging and informative, this book covers the writing -- in both fiction and autobiography -- of Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American authors including Ishmael Reed, Toni Morrison, Gerald Vizenor, Lesley Marmon Silko, Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Maxine Hong Kingston and Jessica Hagedorn. Taking a cultural studies perspective, A. Robert Lee recognises the context of politics and popular culture and draws on the visual as well as the literary spectrum. This is the first book of its kind -- while there are books available which introduce one or other of the ethnic traditions, no one has yet considered them in comparative terms in a single volume. As such it will be an invaluable resource for all those with an interest in multicultural American literature. Selling Points * First single volume comparative analysis of recent American 'ethnic' writing * Timely, wide-ranging and informative * Covers both fiction and autobiographyshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 18mm | 480.82g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748612270
  • 9780748612277

Table of contents

Introduction: America and the Multicultural Word: Legacies, Vistas, Maps; 1. Landmarks: Ellison, Momaday, Anaya, Kingston; 2. A Different I: Autobiography, Autofiction, Autoethnicity; 3. Afro-American: Styling a Contemporary Fiction; 4. 'I Am Your Worst Nightmare: I Am An Indian With A Pen': Fictions of the Native, Native Fictions; 5. Chicanismo, La Raza, Aztlan: Fictions of Memory; 6. Eat A Bowl of Tea: Asian America, American Asia; 7. Topographies: Indian Country, Asiatown, Barrio, Border and Black City; 8. Life Cycles, Story Cycles; 9. Island America: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, The Philippines, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, New York; 10. The Postmodern Turn: Playfield, Ventriloquy, Comedy; 11. Epilogue: Fictions of Whiteness.show more

About A. Robert Lee

A. Robert Lee is Professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo. Recent books include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-America (Pluto Press,1998) and, with Gerald Vizenor, Postindian Conversation (University of Nebraska Press,1999).show more

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Lee is dazzingly well read and articulate, and his perceptive analyses are guaranteed to delight and, on occasion, infuriate his readers. Multicultural American Literature is a wonderfully intelligent contribution to the continuing debate about the nature of the canon of United States Literature. Multicultural American Literature weaves together wide-ranging interpretations of American writing into a study with near encyclopaedic breadth! Lee's ten chapters cover dozens of novels and poems in extensive chains of capsule interpretations and flurries of deft contextual sketches, covering a plurality of experiences and modes of writing. A full, detailed and carefully comparative analysis of recent American 'ethnic' writing from an author with an unparalleled knowledge of his subject. Timely, wide-ranging and informative. LAI-INFORMATION Lee is dazzingly well read and articulate, and his perceptive analyses are guaranteed to delight and, on occasion, infuriate his readers. Multicultural American Literature is a wonderfully intelligent contribution to the continuing debate about the nature of the canon of United States Literature. Multicultural American Literature weaves together wide-ranging interpretations of American writing into a study with near encyclopaedic breadth! Lee's ten chapters cover dozens of novels and poems in extensive chains of capsule interpretations and flurries of deft contextual sketches, covering a plurality of experiences and modes of writing. A full, detailed and carefully comparative analysis of recent American 'ethnic' writing from an author with an unparalleled knowledge of his subject. Timely, wide-ranging and informative.show more