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Title:
Multicultural writers since 1945 : an A-to-Z guide
Author:
Amoia, Alba della Fazia.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xv, 610 pages ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1350 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780313306884
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Book

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The end of World War II led to increased interest in multicultural concerns and a flourishing of literary and artistic endeavors. It was also a time of decolonization and the emergence of new nations and cultures clamoring for recognition and respect. The political circumstances following World War II exposed many people to other cultures. This reference discusses the experiences of writers active since 1945 who were shaped by cultures other than their own.

Included are alphabetically arranged entries for more than 100 writers, including Chinua Achebe, W.H. Auden, Mircea Eliade, Jamaica Kincaid, Salman Rushdie, and Elie Wiesel. The profiled authors either lived in another culture voluntarily or were wrenched from one culture into another. Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of multicultural themes in the writer's works, a review of criticism, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography. The reference demonstrates the value of multicultural experiences in the lives of writers around the world and fosters a greater appreciation of cultural diversity.


Author Notes

ALBA AMOIA is Associate Professor Emerita of Romance Languages at Hunter College of the City University of New York and previously taught at Columbia University. She also held positions at the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the State Department Language Division. She is coeditor of Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945 (Greenwood, 2002).

BETTINA L. KNAPP is Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of more than 50 books and is coeditor of Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945 (Greenwood, 2002).


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Following up on their Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook 0 (Greenwood, 2001) ,0 Amoia and Knapp now offer Multicultural Writers since 1945: An A-to-Z Guide,0 which presents signed, brief biocritical essays of 102 authors. Not only have the editors expanded the number of covered authors but they have also included in the present work a table of contents, allowing users to find authors more quickly. Drawn from across the world, the field of authors ranges from critically regarded fiction writers like J. M. Coetzee and Gao Xingjian to writers in the fields of religion (Mircea Eliade) and political and cultural criticism (Frantz Fanon). The editors state that the majority of authors have lived in a culture "other than their own" either voluntarily or by force; a few are included who, though native, have been estranged by a differing dominant culture. The introduction discusses literature development in various places in the world, including country-specific information in some instances, the effects of postcolonial multiculturalism on literature in general, and particular themes associated with these changes in literature--exile, escape, and distance (not only geographical). Individual entries begin with a short biography, followed by multicultural themes and then a survey of criticism. Entries end with bibliographies of selected primary and secondary sources. Articles average about five pages. The volume ends with a selected bibliography; an index of authors, works, and topics; and information about the editors and contributors. Similar biocritical information about these authors may be found in Gale's Contemporary Authors series, Salem's Cyclopedia of World Authors 0 RBB Je 1 & 15 04, or Wilson's World Authors series. While the larger sources allow greater detail and a greater number of authors, the single-volume coverage offered by Multicultural Writers since 1945 0 sets these "authors who crossed borders" in a particular context. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries. --Joseph Thomas Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

This follow-up to Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945 (2002) contains diverse linguistic, ethnic, and cultural writings on some 100 writers--among them, Chinua Achebe, W.H. Auden, and Salman Rushdie--and focuses on the effects of multiculturalism in their work or their lack of acculturation. Arranged alphabetically, entries generally include an outline of the author's intercultural career, a discussion of multicultural themes, critical material, and a bibliography reflecting a multicultural perspective. A range of works that relate to the subject of multiculturalism is included in the general bibliography. The writers' multicultural contacts, influences, and themes are identified through an index. While selections are relatively brief (three to four pages per author), much useful information is packed into each. Bottom LineThis is not a reference title for freshman papers; it is aimed at lovers of literature who delight in critical examination and who want to improve their own writing through appreciation of that of others.--Marilyn Lary, Stewart Lib., NGCSU, Dahlonega, GA (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

This follow-up to Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945 (2002) contains diverse linguistic, ethnic, and cultural writings on some 100 writers among them, Chinua Achebe, W.H. Auden, and Salman Rushdie and focuses on the effects of multiculturalism in their work or their lack of acculturation. Arranged alphabetically, entries generally include an outline of the author's intercultural career, a discussion of multicultural themes, critical material, and a bibliography reflecting a multicultural perspective. A range of works that relate to the subject of multiculturalism is included in the general bibliography. The writers' multicultural contacts, influences, and themes are identified through an index. While selections are relatively brief (three to four pages per author), much useful information is packed into each. Bottom Line This is not a reference title for freshman papers; it is aimed at lovers of literature who delight in critical examination and who want to improve their own writing through appreciation of that of others. Marilyn Lary, Stewart Lib., NGCSU, Dahlonega, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This work picks up where its predecessor, Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945 (by the same editors, CH, May'02, 39-4924), left off, providing biobibliographic sketches for an excellent collection of multicultural writers and assessing the impact of their literature during the last half the 20th century. Entries, alphabetically arranged, offer standard biographical essays, but more important are the "Multicultural Theme" and "Survey of Criticism" sections, which describe the cultural influences on each writer's work. Not merely groupings of writers from different countries, this collection scribes a distinctive curve by focusing on the multiculturalism that informs the literary fabric of each writer's body of work. More importantly, by acknowledging the influence of intellectual concerns from other cultures in politics, philosophy, science, and literature, the book creates what it calls a "literary geography" that appoints these particular authors social witnesses at the global window of change during this transitional period. A gem among multicultural studies. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate and graduate-level research. P. M. Adams Nova Southeastern University


Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Profiles of Writers Select
Bibliography
Index
About the Editors and Contributors