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.
This collection of 12 essays delivers well on its title's promise....Few existing studies compare immigrant literatures from the past and present, but this book shows how current literature differs from preceding work....the collection offers a valuable comparative structure and useful analyses of the various ways that immigrants attempt to reconcile their ethnic heritage with that of their adopted country.Multicultural Review
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
Preface by Toby Rose
Introduction: Stories of the Uprooted by Katherine Payant
Interdependent Selves: Mary Antin, Elizabeth Stern, and Jewish Women's Immigrant Autobiography by Wendy Zierler
Justifying Individualism: Anzia Yezierska's BREAD GIVERS by 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 by Raychel Haugrud Reiff
JASMINE or the Americanization of an Asian: Negotiating between Cultural Arrest and Moral Decay in Immigrant Fiction by Gonul Pultar
Developing Negatives: Jamaica Kincaid's LUCY by Jacqueline Doyle
Speaking and Listening: The Immigrant as Spy Who Comes in from the Cold by June Dwyer
Repositioning the Stars: Twentieth Century Narratives of Asian American Immigration by Qun Wang
Borderland Themes in Sandra Cisneros's WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK by Katherine Payant
Crossroads Are Our Roads: Paule Marshall's Portrayal of Immigrant Identity Themes by Toby Rose
Motherland Versus Daughterland in Judith Ortiz Cofer's THE LINE OF THE SUN by Carmen Faymonville
OBASAN and Hybridity: Necessary Cultural Strategies by Matthew Beedham
Becoming Americans: Gish Jen's TYPICAL AMERICAN by Zhou Xiaojing
Epilogue by Toby Rose