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Contributions to the Study of American Literature, #4: The Immigrant Experience in North American Literature: Carving Out a Nicheby Katherine B. Payant
Synopses & Reviews
Although many studies have been done of individual authors, at present few works exist which compare different immigrant literatures from the past and present. This work draws broad conclusions about the changes in American attitudes toward immigration and diverse cultures that are reflected in the literature. This book examines the representation of the immigrant experience in North American literature. Most of the chapters discuss the portrayal of particular ethnic groups by specific authors during a century of American and Canadian history. The introductory and concluding essays provide historical, cultural, and literary contexts for a comparative approach to the experiences of different ethnic groups.
Book News Annotation:
Focuses on literature that deals directly with the experience of immigrating to a new culture. Pays special attention to accounts of immigrants since 1965, most of whom have been non-European, to see if they differ from earlier depictions and if so how. Among the works examined are Jewish women's autobiography, Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers, O. E. Rolvaag's Giants in the Earth, Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy, and Sandra Cisnero's Woman Hollering Creek. Versions of two of the 12 essays have been published previously.
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Using current literary and cultural theory, expert contributors analyze a wide range of American literature reflecting the experience of European and non-western immigrant groups.
About the Author
TOBY ROSE is Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, where she specializes in Caribbean Literature and Postcolonial Theory and Literature.
Table of Contents
Introduction: stories of the uprooted / Katherine Payant — In(ter)dependent selves: Mary Antin, Elizabeth Stern, and Jewish immigrant women's autobiography / Wendy Zierler — Justifying individualism: Anzia Yezierska's Bread givers / Martin Japtok — Fighting the trolls on the Dakota plains: the ecstasy and the agony of Norwegian immigrants' lives in O.E. Rolvaag's Giants in the earth / Raychel Haugrud Reiff — Jasmine or the americanization of an Asian: negotiating between "cultural arrest" and moral decay in immigrant fictions / Gèonèul Pultar — Developing negatives: Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy / Jacqueline Doyle — Speaking and listening: the immigrant as spy who comes in from the cold / June Dwyer — Repositioning the stars: twentieth-century narratives of Asian American immigration / Qun Wang — Borderland themes in Sandra Cisneros's Woman hollering creek / Katherine Payant — Crossroads are our roads: Paule Marshall's portrayal of immigrant identity themes / Toby Rose — Motherland versus daughterland in Judith Ortiz Cofer's the Line of the sun / Carmen Faymonville — Obasan and hybridity: necessary cultural strategies / Matthew Beedham — Becoming Americans: Gish Jen's Typical American / Zhou Xiaojing.
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