Chapter 7. Multiculturalism and Forging New Canons

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Shelley Streeby Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch7

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Streeby, S. (2010) Multiculturalism and Forging New Canons, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626



  • multiculturalism and forging new canons;
  • multicultural approaches to US literature - emerging in response to social movements of 1960s and 1970s;
  • multiculturalism in education - from civil rights activists' efforts to pushing for desegregation of schools;
  • The Black Arts movement, heterogeneous cultural formation with different local manifestations;
  • anthologies as Black Fire (1968) and The Black Aesthetic (1971) poetry - plays by Neal's and Imamu Amiri Baraka' (LeRoi Jones) Black Arts Repertory Theater in Harlem;
  • influential anthology Nuyorican Poetry - An Anthology of Puerto Rican Words and Feelings (1975);
  • late 1960s and 1970s - Asian American movement and other movements;
  • This Bridge Called My Back - Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981) - issues of sexuality, cultural nationalism and white middle-class feminism;
  • neoconservatives, warning that multiculturalism was a radical project - dividing Americans;
  • 1990s work on imperial and global contexts for US literature and culture


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  • References and Further Reading