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Challenges of diversity : essays on America / / Werner Sollors



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Autore: Sollors Werner Visualizza persona
Titolo: Challenges of diversity : essays on America / / Werner Sollors Visualizza cluster
Pubblicazione: New Brunswick, New Jersey : , : Rutgers University Press, , 2017
Descrizione fisica: 1 online resource
Disciplina: 810.9/358
Soggetto topico: National characteristics, American, in literature
American literature - History and criticism
Multiculturalism in literature
Ethnicity in literature
Race in literature
Immigrants in literature
HISTORY / United States / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
Soggetto genere / forma: Electronic books.
Classificazione: LIT004020LIT004040SOC008000SOC001000SOC031000HIS036000
Nota di bibliografia: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Nota di contenuto: Front matter -- Contents -- Challenges of Diversity -- Introduction -- 1. Literature and Ethnicity -- 2. National Identity and Ethnic Diversity -- 3. Dedicated to a Proposition -- 4. A Critique of Pure Pluralism -- 5. The Multiculturalism Debate as Cultural Text -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Sommario/riassunto: What unites and what divides Americans as a nation? Who are we, and can we strike a balance between an emphasis on our divergent ethnic origins and what we have in common? Opening with a survey of American literature through the vantage point of ethnicity, Werner Sollors examines our evolving understanding of ourselves as an Anglo-American nation to a multicultural one and the key role writing has played in that process. Challenges of Diversity contains stories of American myths of arrival (pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, slave ships at Jamestown, steerage passengers at Ellis Island), the powerful rhetoric of egalitarian promise in the Declaration of Independence and the heterogeneous ends to which it has been put, and the recurring tropes of multiculturalism over time (e pluribus unum, melting pot, cultural pluralism). Sollors suggests that although the transformation of this settler country into a polyethnic and self-consciously multicultural nation may appear as a story of great progress toward the fulfillment of egalitarian ideals, deepening economic inequality actually exacerbates the divisions among Americans today.
Titolo autorizzato: Challenges of diversity  Visualizza cluster
ISBN: 0-8135-8934-7
0-8135-8935-5
Formato: Materiale a stampa
Livello bibliografico Monografia
Lingua di pubblicazione: Inglese
Record Nr.: 9910533373403321
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