Multicultural America: Borders, Tradition, and Identity

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch5

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Multicultural America: Borders, Tradition, and Identity, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • multicultural America - borders, tradition, and identity;
  • American literature canon, largely white male listing - with a nod to the achievements of Edith Wharton, Willa Cather and the Harlem Renaissance;
  • novel, first bringing Native American literature - into prominence, N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn;
  • Leslie Marmon Silko, acknowledging influence of House Made of Dawn - for her novel, Ceremony;
  • Silko's wide-ranging and challenging second novel, Almanac of the Dead (1991) - focusing on 500 years of racial conflict, spanning the United States, Mexico and Africa;
  • Gerald Vizenor, of mixed French and Chippewa descent - mixed Native American themes with post-modern techniques in his novels;
  • Vizenor's major novels, his first, Darkness in Saint Louis Bearheart (1977) - using elements of the science fiction genre, and Fools Crow;
  • “Chicano” originally a pejorative term - for working-class Mexican Americans;
  • Latina writer Julia Alvarez's novels - blending autobiography, history and fiction;
  • Amy Tan's best-known novel, The Joy Luck Club (1989) - and her second, The Kitchen God's Wife (1991)