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The immigrant experience in American fiction : an annotated bibliography
Simone, Roberta.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. ; London : Scarecrow Press, [1995]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 203 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes indexes.
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PS374.I48 S56 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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In our growing desire to implement multicultural studies, much is made of the differences in ethnic groups and not enough about their similarities. Although the cultural details change--the food, the old heroes and legends, the religious observances and special holidays--each story tells of balancing two cultures in the process of becoming American. Descriptive citations cover forty-one immigrant groups (from Armenian to Vietnamese), six combined groups (Asian, Hispanic, Jewish, Scandinavian, Slavic, and West Indian), and a category called "The General Experience." There is comprehensive coverage from the late nineteenth century through the first half of 1994 of adult and young adult novels, collections of stories, anthologies, and secondary sources. In addition to author and title indexes, the book has two special indexes--"Theme and Genre" and "Publication Dates"--to assist the reader in making transcultural connections.

Author Notes

Roberta Simone is a Professor of English and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.

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Choice Review

Simone, a professor of English, has produced an erudite bibliography of fiction and major criticism with a precise focus: English-language fiction concerning immigrants and their descendants that "tells the story of becoming American"--the tensions, exploitation, persecution, experiences, work, and rewards of becoming part of American culture. Besides novels and short fiction, the bibliography also cites selected influential criticism. The fiction of English and Scots immigrants is excluded, since the compiler considers they set the dominant culture in America to which all others had to adapt. African American literature is also excluded because this group came to America as slaves--involuntary immigrants--and because many bibliographies already exist for this literature. The generously annotated bibliography is arranged alphabetically by more than 40 immigrant groups, e.g., Armenian, Chinese, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Slovakian, Swedish, and West Indian. The largest sections cover Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Mexican groups. Although descriptive, the annotations are well written and are helpful in identifying appropriate fiction for classroom use, research, or personal interest. In addition to author and title indexes, Simone provides a theme and genre index that has such entries as "Conflicts between Generations," "Factories," "Inter-Ethnic Relations," and many geographic locations. She mentions only six other useful bibliographies, but some others should have been cited, e.g., Dickinson's American Historical Fiction (5th ed., by Virginia Brokaw Gerhardstein, 1986), and Donald Hartman and Jerome Drost's Themes and Settings in Fiction (CH, May'89). Because of its tight focus, this volume does not duplicate information available elsewhere. It can be paired with Vicki Anderson's Immigrants in the United States in Fiction (1994), a guide for K-9 teachers and librarians. Simone's bibliography is an impressive source for college-level studies of immigrant fiction, cultural and sociological history of the US, immigrant publishing history, and trends in ethnic/cultural criticism. A necessary acquisition for public and academic libraries. J. A. Adams SUNY at Buffalo