Kaleidoscope Stories of the American Experience

ISBN-10: 0195072227
ISBN-13: 9780195072228
Edition: 1993
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Description: This innovative multicultural reader gathers together diaries, histories, autobiographies, short stories, and excerpts from novels to bring the many facets of the American experience to life, from sixteenth-century explorations to this century's  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/7/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 5.148
Language: English

This innovative multicultural reader gathers together diaries, histories, autobiographies, short stories, and excerpts from novels to bring the many facets of the American experience to life, from sixteenth-century explorations to this century's ongoing saga of immigration and acculturation. Extending the traditional boundaries of the American literary canon, the editors first offer a comprehensive overview of the history of multicultural social and literary patterns in the United States, and then present a wealth of richly diverse stories--construing that term in the broadest possible sense--from both celebrated and lesser-known authors emphasizing pluralistic experience. Whenever possible, they present narratives of cross-cultural contact and exchange, rather than reports of cultures observed in isolation. Offering a uniquely broad range of readings within a strong thematic structure, Kaleidoscope is an enjoyable and enlightening reader for anyone interested in American literature and history, or the new emphasis on multiculturalism.

Barbara Perkins is Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Toledo and Associate Editor of Narrative. Since its founding, she has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Baldwin-Wallace College, The University of Pennsylvania, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has contributed essays to several reference works including CONTEMPORARY NOVELISTS, GREAT WRITERS OF THE ENLGISH LANGUAGE, and THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Her books include CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE (with George Perkins), BENET'S READER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OFAMERICAN LITERATURE (with George Perkins and Phillip Leininger), KALEIDOSCIPE: StoriesOf the American Experience (with George Perkins), WOMEN'S WORK: An Anthology of American Literature (with George Perkins and Robyn Warhol) and THE AMERICAN TRADITION IN LITERATURE, 9th edition (with George Perkins).

Introduction: The American Multicultural Experience
Notes toward Understanding
Verrazzano's Voyage: 1524
[from] The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca
[from] Voyages of Samuel de Champlain
[from] The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles
[from] Of Plymouth Plantation
[from] A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
[from] An Account of the Remarkable Occurrences in the Life and Travels of Col. James Smith
[from] The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
[from] A Narrative of the Incidents Attending the Capture, Detention, and Ransom of Charles Johnston of Virginia
[from] Domestic Manners of the Americans
Rip Van Winkle
The Prairie
[from] A Son of the Forest
The Maypole of Merry Mount
The Two Camps
[from] Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
[from] The Heroic Slave
[from] La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West
John Lamar
""Posson Jone'""
[from] Life Among the Piutes
La Belle Zoraide
The Sheriff's Children
Circumstances
Edith Maud Eaton (Sui Sin Far) (1865-1914)
Neighbour Rosicky
[from] Giants in the Earth
[from] The Promised Land
[from] Dust Tracks on the Road
[from] Wah'kon-Tah
[from] Jews Without Money
[from] Becky
A Justice
[from] Pnin
Studs
Antranik of Armenia
[from] Black Boy
[from] Mount Allegro
[from] Christ in Concrete
[from] America Is in the Heart
Flying Home
A Silver Dish
[from] Eat a Bowl of Tea
Tears of Autumn
[from] No-No Boy
[from] I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
El Patron
[from] Sula
[from] Sound-Shadows of the New World
[from] The Way to Rainy Mountain
The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Rosa in Television Land
News from Phoenix
Exchange Value
The Man to Send Rain Clouds
Mariah
Half and Half
The Red Convertible

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