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Kaleidoscope : Stories of the American Experience - Barbara Perkins


Stories of the American Experience

By: Barbara Perkins (Editor), George Perkins (Editor)

Paperback Published: 7th January 1993
ISBN: 9780195072228
Number Of Pages: 688

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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.

Industry Reviews

"The section covering post-World War II America is particularly useful to instructors of Western American literature....[T]he anthology's strength is in its diversity, a geographical and cultural zigzag....For Barbara and George Perkins, the magical transformation into "American" exists, though not at the expense of cultural expression. Their anthology is one such colorful expression."--Western American Literature "After looking for an anthology for a first-time offered Multicultural American Literature class, I found Kaleidoscope to be the perfect solution...the selection is excellent."--Ted Pelton, Lakeland College "Good variety, well presented, interesting arrangement."--Eileen Oliver, Washington State University "I like the comprehensiveness of the offerings--16th century to the present."--Catharine Seigel, Rhode Island School of Design "The primary virtue of this anthology is that it brings together a wide range of provocative pieces not usually found in anthologies."--Allen E. Hibbard, Damascus University "Brilliant idea--could be used as additional reading for any survey course in American literature. The selections are fascinating, student-friendly, and relevant. Bravo!"--Alex Vardamis, University of Vermont "An extremely valuable anthology of the multicultural range of American lives. The best work of its kind to date."--Ashton Nichols, Dickinson College "How refreshing to find a multicultural reader with quality selections."--George Klawitter, Viterbo College "There is a lot of good material intelligently and coherently organized in this anthology; indeed it's a very attractive production altogether."--E.N. Feltskog, University of Wisconsin, Madison "Admirably wide-ranging."--Juan Leon, University of Michigan "I like the comprehensiveness of the offerings."--Catharine Seigel, Rhode Island School of Design "Interesting span of texts on the American experience--good specimens of primary texts."--Brenda W. Thomas, LaGrange College

Introduction: The American Multicultural Experience; Notes toward Understanding Giovanni da Verrazzano (c. 1485-1528): Verrazzano's Voyage: 1524 Alva Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (c. 1490-1557): [from] The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca Samuel de Champlain (c. 1567-1635): [from] Voyages of Samuel de Champlain John Smith (1580-1631): [from] The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles William Bradford (1590-1657): [from] Of Plymouth Plantation Mary Rowlandson (1636?-1711?): [from] A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson James Smith (1737-1812): [from] An Account of the Remarkable Occurrences in the Life and Travels of Col. James Smith Olaudah Equiano (1745?-1797?): [from] The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Charles Johnston (1769-1833): [from] A Narrative of the Incidents Attending the Capture, Detention, and Ransom of Charles Johnston of Virginia Frances Trollope (1780-1863): [from] Domestic Manners of the Americans Washington Irving (1783-1859): Rip Van Winkle John James Audubon (1785-1851): The Prairie William Apes (1798-?): [from] A Son of the Forest Nathaniel Hawthore (1804-1864): The Maypole of Merry Mount William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870): The Two Camps Harriet Jacobs (c. 1813-1897): [from] Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Frederick Douglass (c. 1815-1862): [from] The Heroic Slave Francis Parkman (1823-1893): [from] La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910): John Lamar George Washington Cable (1844-1925): "Posson Jone'" Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1844-1891): [from] Life Among the Piutes Kate Chopin (1851-1904): La Belle Zoraïde Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932): The Sheriff's Children Abraham Cahan (1860-1951): Circumstances Edith Maud Eaton (Sui Sin Far) (1865-1914): Willa Cather (1873-1947): Neighbour Rosicky Ole Rölvaag (1876-1931): [from] Giants in the Earth Mary Antin (1881-1949): [from] The Promised Land Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960): [from] Dust Tracks on the Road John Joseph Mathews (c. 1894-1979): [from] Wah'kon-Tah Michael Gold (1894-1967): [from] Jews Without Money Jean Toomer (1894-1967): [from] Becky William Faulkner (1897-1962): A Justice Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977): [from] Pnin James T. Farrell (1904- ): Studs William Saroyan (1908-1981): Antranik of Armenia Richard Wright (1908-1960): [from] Black Boy Jerre Mangione (1909- ): [from] Mount Allegro Pietro Di Donato (1911- ): [from] Christ in Concrete Carlos Bulosan (1913-1956): [from] America Is in the Heart Ralph Ellison (1914- ): Flying Home Saul Bellow (1915- ): A Silver Dish Louis Chu (1915-1970): [from] Eat a Bowl of Tea Yoshiko Uchida (1921- ): Tears of Autumn John Okada (1923-1971): [from] No-No Boy Maya Angelou (1928- ): [from] I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Nash Candelaria (1928- ): El Patron Toni Morrison (1931- ): [from] Sula Ved Mehta (1934- ): [from] Sound-Shadows of the New World N. Scott Momaday (1934- ): [from] The Way to Rainy Mountain Maxine Hong Kingston (1940- ): The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains Daniela Gioseffi (1941- ): Rosa in Television Land Joseph Geha (1944- ): News from Phoenix Charles Johnson (1948- ): Exchange Value Leslie Marmon Silko (1948- ): The Man to Send Rain Clouds Jamaica Kincaid (1949- ): Mariah Amy Tan (1952- ): Half and Half Louise Erdrich (1954- ): The Red Convertible

ISBN: 9780195072228
ISBN-10: 0195072227
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 7th January 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 3.51
Weight (kg): 0.96