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. One essay highlights controversies among recent writers and critics concerning how their cultures should be portrayed, and the introductory and concluding essays provide historical, cultural, and literary contexts for a comparative approach to North American immigrant literature.
The expert contributors expose the reader to a variety of immigrant experiences in the literature of past and present, experiences in which the characters attempt to reconcile their ancestral heritage with that of their adopted land. Variations of three basic stances can be found in these works: the essentialist, rejecting the values of the dominant culture and resisting assimilation; the assimilationist, embracing the attitudes and behaviors of the new culture; and the hybridist, incorporating the old and new. The book additionally explores such topics as race, class, and gender, as well as the intergenerational conflict found in much immigrant literature.
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.
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 , O. E. Rolvaag's , Jamaica Kincaid's , and Sandra Cisnero's . Versions of two of the 12 essays have been published previously. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Title: Immigrant Experience In North American Literature, Vol. 4
Author: Katherine B. Payant
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Date Published: May 1999
Table of Contents:
|Introduction: Stories of the Uprooted|
|1||In(ter)dependent Selves: Mary Antin, Elizabeth Stern, and Jewish Immigrant Women's Autobiography||1|
|2||Justifying Individualism: Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers||17|
|3||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||31|
|4||Jasmine or the Americanization of an Asian: Negotiating between "Cultural Arrest" and Moral Decay in Immigrant Fictions||45|
|5||Developing Negatives: Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy||59|
|6||Speaking and Listening: The Immigrant as Spy Who Comes in from the Cold||73|
|7||Repositioning the Stars: Twentieth-Century Narratives of Asian American Immigration||83|
|8||Borderland Themes in Sandra Cisneros's Woman Hollering Creek||95|
|9||Crossroads Are Our Roads: Paule Marshall's Portrayal of Immigrant Identity Themes||109|
|10||Motherland Versus Daughterland in Judith Ortiz Cofer's The Line of the Sun||123|
|11||Obasan and Hybridity: Necessary Cultural Strategies||139|
|12||Becoming Americans: Gish Jen's Typical American||151|
|About the Contributors||189|
BooknewsFocuses 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 , O. E. Rolvaag's , Jamaica Kincaid's , and Sandra Cisnero's . Versions of two of the 12 essays have been published previously. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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