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Literature, Race, and Ethnicity: Contesting American Identities written by Joseph Skerrett

 

Literature, Race, and Ethnicity: Contesting American Identities written by Joseph Skerrett

Overview:

Literature, Race and Ethnicity is a text-anthology of American literature organized around issues of race and ethnicity. Divided into nine units, the anthology gives focus to issues of race and ethnicity faced by members of different communities. Located at every section opening, introductions help readers to see issues within the general ideas of race and ethnicity. Throughout the book, attention to historical context allows readers to see ethnicity and race as a perennial American issue. Awareness of "whiteness" and white ethnicity helps readers to place themselves in the story. Includes well-written and accessible works by writers from many racial and ethnic communities. For those interested in literature and American studies.

Synopsis:

This anthology contains selected works that are part of the American discourse on race and ethnicity. The selections, dating from 1700 to the present, include fiction, poetry, historical documents, letters, advertisements, and speeches by authors such as Abraham Lincoln, Langston Hughes, Joy Harjo, Mark Twain, Toshio Mori, and Adrienne Rich. The text is organized around themes such as immigrants, memory and history, nostalgia, resentment, and persons of racially mixed heritage.

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